The first of this year’s Spartan Races is six days away. I used this past weekend to get in some last minute confidence-building training.
I had noted that I had lost what little confidence I had on the monkey bar apparatus we have at the gym. With me being injured over the past several weeks, I didn’t want to have to jump/fall down from the height of them. So I stayed off of them for a good while and, when I returned, I couldn’t do more than hang on the first bar. I made myself jump down so that at least I was working on my fear. Saturday’s session with my personal trainer began with the monkey bars. I went across the structure twice with his encouragement and coaching (read: spotting me).
After the session, I worked on the other apparatus we have at the gym. These bars are easier to grip with the bars being smaller in diameter with a texture (rather than slippery) surface. However, even with gloves, the bars had a bite to them when meeting my callused hands.
At home, I researched “OCR hand care callus” and found a nice video showing how to shave the callus down to a flatter surface and advising to nourish the hands regularly with coconut or similar oil after lifting and OCR training to prevent the callus from ripping on race day. I immediately did both and returned to the monkey bars on Sunday. Much to my surprise, the bite from the bars was minimal to none. I went part way across the higher bars and all the way across the lower textured bars with my friend pushing a landing pad under me as I went. Confidence building: that’s were it’s at for me right now.
In addition to grip strength work, Larry and I took Simba out for a short but HILLY and MUDDY hike. There was a threat of another rain storm coming in, so we had rain gear packed in our bags. The real test was going to be how my hip and glutes handled the hill. I’ve only been walking on paved roads and sidewalks for the past 5-6 weeks. Knowing that I could manage this 3 mile trek would be a huge confidence builder.
Simba, was of course, thrilled to be able to come along for the outing thanks to me expeditiously having to bid farewell to my little MINI. *sniffle* But that’s yet another story which I’ll probably share another time.