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Strong work Nate! Really are building up your strength nicely.

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anwnate
28 minutes ago, Donc101 said:

Strong work Nate! Really are building up your strength nicely.

Thanks man.  I'm second guessing myself constantly...but I do feel I'm moving forward.  I hate the waiting in between big efforts.  :)

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anwnate

Handslaps

Old batch Red in IMPs. 

"P" 0-1 DR @ 8 3/8" in IMPs. 

Handslaps, knuckle mallets

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That was my next to last "P".  It was surprisingly easier than yesterday's.   I think I dialed it in a little.

Almost time to step it up and focus on Q and R.  Baby steps.

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anwnate

Handslaps.

"P" 0-1 DR @ 8 3/8" in IMPs.

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Yup.  That's it.  I dropped my workout from today.  Extreme heart fatigue this morning.  Imagine the feeling of letting a big breath out super slowly.  Yeah its relaxing, but you cant really accomplish much while you're doing that.  I'm kinda walking around in that fatigue right now.

Additionally, I have a few massive callouses that are tearing underneath.  Example: my right index finger...

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I tried electrical tape, then straight fabric bandaid, but to no avail...bearing down on it was an exercise in masochism. 

Anyway...that was the last of the Ps.  Qs up to bat tomorrow. 

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anwnate

I'm posting abnormally late...because I called it a day a short time ago.

Today's session was broken up into separate parts.

My hands need recovery so after handslaps (these dont cause tears) I started with a Red in IMPs.

Followed with a

"Q" 0-1 DR @8 3/8" in 1.5 IMPs till about 90degrees and finished it in singles.

Here's where things went south.  I grabbed an "R" and started in IMPs.  Went about 8-10 degrees and switched to 1.5s.  Went right to 18deg.

Here I stalled at 27deg.   I imagine I hit it 20 separate times before realizing it was going nowhere. (Not my brightest moment).  I had to take a break to tend to my father-in-law (Alzheimers). Hmmmm irony?

When I returned, I immediately moved it to 45deg before stalling again.  Trip to Costco followed.

Upon returning, I managed to move it to 63deg.  After 2,357 more hits (exactly), I admitted I was stalled again.

So...I consulted my steel spirt animal.  He asked if today was supposed to be about hand conditioning...or whether it was supposed to be a finished bend today.

My steel spirit animal made a lot of sense.  Today was supposed to be only about hand conditioning and familiarity with longer steel.  Me breaking from the plan is actually pulling me back from my goals.

So I'm back on the right path and won't go hard again till Wednesday. 

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Today was a perfect example of why one should not deviate (greatly) from a plan.  I'm not sure I've ever been this sore post bending.

 

Handslaps.

Red in IMPs.

"Q" 0-1 DR @ 8 3/8" in 1.5/1 IMPs.

The Q took a ridiculous amount of time.  Could not harness any power.  Glad I pushed through...but don't want to put myself in that position again.

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anwnate

Handslaps,

BW squats

Planks

Glute bridges

Red in IMPs.

"Q" 0-1 DR @ 8 3/8" in 1.5 IMPs/Single IMPs.

Q easier than yesterday. I'm still not recovered from that R attempt so I'm skipping weights today.  I did a quick count and found out I have 75+ bars at Q.  Should give me plenty of time to move forward.

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Handslaps,

Glute bridges

Red in IMPs.

"Q" 0-1 DR @ 8 3/8" in 1.5 IMPs/Single IMPs.

FBBC package arrived!  Shitton of Bastards and 3 kinds of wraps.  It's so nice to see a 5/16" nail that won't tear up your pads.  For example...

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Anyway...I did a Bastard in IMPs for reference.  Significantly harder than current Red.  More like the Reds from '13 prior to the Spiral.

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I'm far from recovered, but the Q was somewhat easier than yesterday.   I'm starting to dial in my long bar technique.  That weird prebend ritual of goldnail benders isn't pointless at all.  It's a weird place to start a bend...even for a large guy.

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anwnate

Back is low key whack.  Not enough to cripple me, but enough to sap my strength.

Handslaps

Glute bridges

New Red in IMPs.

"Q" 0-1 DR @ 8 3/8" with 1.5 IMPs, Singles, 1/3rds. x 2

Slapped 1/3rds on for the crush.  Damn DR is way more springy than CRS. 

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Training today reinforced my belief that this is gonna be a long journey.  Cardiologist tomorrow. 

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anwnate

Mr. Cottrell braved the bridges and Philly traffic to come for a visit today.  The idea (accomplished), was to initiate his return to bending and find out exactly where he currently stands.  How'd it go?  Well.  But that's his story.

I started with a New Red in IMPs.

Followed with a DU 60d with a 48 minwrap on the pointy end.

Did an "L" and an "I" O-1 DR @ 7" both DU in IMPs.  Tweaked wrist on a "K"...which remained unfinished.

Bent a "Q" 0-1 DR @ 8 3/8" with leathers and 1/2 IMPs.

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In the middle of this workout, my IM package arrived...woot!

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My replacement Golds arrived.  I'm not ready for them, but just having them stare at me is motivational. 

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Handslaps.

New Red in IMPs

"Q" 0-1 DR @ 8 3/8" in 1.5/1 IMPs.

Bastard in IMPs. Much harder than the Red.

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CNS was not rocking today.  Despite that the Q went down easier than ever.  That said...it's gonna be a while before I do it in singles.  Tis ok.  It's a journey, not a race. 

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Back was whack today.  CNS felt fried.  I cant guarantee I'll feel great on cert day either...so I did the work.

Handslaps.

New Red in IMPs. (Felt like a shiny...wtf?)

"Q" 0-1 DR @ 8 3/8" in 1.5/1/.5 IMPs.

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Gotta admit...I wanted to quit after the first hit, but I worked on my technique and managed to get it moving (slowly).

Today was my 40 bending session in a row (light and heavy).  Need to come to terms with the body variations of a 47 yo.  Happy 4th!

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Back still messed up.

I really dont care today...cause I learned something crazy helpful.  I was watching Alexander's vids and picked up some things.

Anyway...

Red in IMPs...4 hits.

"Q" in 0-1 DR @ 8 3/8" in 1.5/1 IMPs.

Q went way easier with better technique. 

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58 minutes ago, anwnate said:

Back still messed up.

I really dont care today...cause I learned something crazy helpful.  I was watching Alexander's vids and picked up some things.

Anyway...

Red in IMPs...4 hits.

"Q" in 0-1 DR @ 8 3/8" in 1.5/1 IMPs.

Q went way easier with better technique. 

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It’s so helpful to watch other benders. I have learned so much by dissecting what good benders are doing. What did you pick up to incorporate in your bending? Your day to day consistency has been great.

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34 minutes ago, Donc101 said:

It’s so helpful to watch other benders. I have learned so much by dissecting what good benders are doing. What did you pick up to incorporate in your bending? Your day to day consistency has been great.

I cant verbalize most of it until I have each piece down.  I can say that each time he attacks the bar at a different stage, its slightly different...both grip and actuation of power.  I hope to explain myself better soon.

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Feeling good.  Nearly every hit fulfilled its purpose today.  It's really a paradigm shift for me.

Im realizing I used to simply overpower bars.  I've got a long ways to go, but my new approach is already yielding results. To sum up, I'm wrapping more carefully, placing my hands more thoughtfully for each hit, and preparing my body for each explosion of energy.

Red in IMPs...5 hits.

"Q" 0-1 DR @ 8 3/8" in 1.5/1 IMPs.

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I'm sooo much less tired after this Q compared to others.  No surprise, there were a lot less hits.  Although I bent identical steel to many other sessions. I feel I got more out of this one than the others collectively. 

A good day!  :)

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Very pleased with today.  I was able to correct issues directly after bad hits.  Bending every day is allowing me to dial in better.

Red in IMPs.  4 hits.  

"Q" 0-1 DR @ 8 3/8" in 1.5/1 IMPs.

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I know this looks identical, but what I'm not detailing is how many hits I'm using the 1.5s and how many singles.  At this point I still need the 1.5s to get over the hump with the kink.  That said...I used to use them for much more than that.  I'm setting micro PRs daily.  It really helps keep me motivated.   I think a lot of us gloss over micro PRs because they aren't necessarily newsworthy...but they definitely add up.  :)

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Micro-congratulations 👏👏

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