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2015: A Review

2015 was a good year.  I didn't post much, but did a lot of teaching, coaching, and finally got back to getting serious about my own training again.  I have a dedicated group of clients and athletes that I'm working with (including my own kiddos) who are making some great progress.  I was able to set and achieve some more long term training goals in both my strength training and Highland Games competitions.  I helped my husband train for a Spartan race he ran with one of his best friends and am proud to say that both of them finished in the top 5% overall as Elites in their late 40's.  Definitely not due to my training, both of them have a long established base of strength and endurance, but I think that maybe I might have helped my husband keep up with his friend who is in the freak class when it comes to this kind of stuff. 


I know that the time to set resolutions is coming and we will all be thinking about things we want to change about our lives in the coming year.  How…

The Horse Latitudes

One of my friends aptly used this name for that period of training when you're just doing work and not really seeing much progress.  Practice the skills, move the weight, recover, and repeat.  If you recall from high school history, the Horse Latitudes, also known as the Doldrums was that area of the tropical ocean where the wind just wouldn't blow, the rain wouldn't fall, and it would take a lot of rowing and patience to make any progress.  Fortunately, the story about horses being thrown overboard in this area to save water is most likely a myth, but I digress. 
When training, it can often seem like the work just isn't paying off.  This accumulation phase can be boring, tedious, and unrewarding.  However, its like digging the foundation for a house.  Day after day of moving dirt.  But then all of a sudden the cement truck shows up and everything moves up from there.  
I'm in the middle of training for some Fall highland games events including the Masters World Ch…

Finally a new post.

I was competing at the Highland Games in Maryland two weeks ago when I was approached by a couple who had seen me compete the year before.  They were happy to see me, but also concerned that I hadn't posted on my blog in over a year.  I was both flattered and a little surprised, but when I thought about it, I haven't update my blog since last July.  I guess I've been busy.  But, not too busy to be that lame, so, here's my 9 month update.

1.  I taught 3 more classes of 3rd and 4th graders to be strong and deadlift.  All of them lifted their bodyweight.  More than half of them lifted over 90 lbs.
2.  I registered for the Masters Highland Games World Championships in St. Louis this September.  They now have a lightweight division, less than 155 lbs, and I stand a good chance of placing in the top three.
3.  I am still coaching weightlifters, but now have a sizeable powerlifting team.  One of my members, Kris Kobza, has broken the USAPL American record for bench press in …