My first competition was after just a few months of training in November of 2013. I competed with the 12kg and got 103 reps. In December I competed again with the same weight and got around 130 reps. After that, I figured I was ready to move up in bell weight and started transitioning up to the 16kg. I decided that the Cali Open in February 2014 would be my next goal.
Ten seconds before the completion of my 10-minute set of One Arm Long Cycle with the 16kg bell, I broke my arm. Continue reading →
Five weeks out from the 2014 OKC NorCal Open Kettlebell Sport competition, I severely rolled my ankle on the job. The first action I took was call an advice nurse and schedule an X-ray after the swelling went down. The X-ray revealed a severe sprain in the ligaments that run over the top of the foot. Instructions were to ice, rest, and elevate for a day then wrap the foot up. Continue reading →
I’ve had several readers ask me to talk about what it takes to be a successful Kettlebell Sport competitor in the Veteran age category (>50 years old) i.e. how to deal with slower recovery and a steeper learning curve. Since I’m not a Veteran lifter myself, I reached out to a Veteran lifter who earned a silver medal at the World Championships in 2014 as part of Team USA: Judi DeMuro. Continue reading →