In my last post I described how I followed a 30 day plan I found on another blogger’s site. It was squat and ab specific. It helped and in hind sight I think it prepared me for the next 30 day plan I drew up, which included a lot of jumping. Why jumping? I went to the gym last month and I couldn’t jump and touch the rim of the basketball hoop. I needed to rectify that.
My 30 day plan included squat jumps, hopping (like jump rope but no rope), and one-legged hops. The plan ended last Sunday and since then I’ve been taking it easy. I’ve literally done zero workouts since wrapping up the plan. So today, one day post-Christmas and all rested up, I jogged over to the basketball court to test my hops. I’m happy to report that I did jump and touch that rim! Boom! Plan the work, work the plan.
OK, I know it’s not that impressive, but I was happy to get my fingers on that hoop. And really, what else could I ask for? In my teens and twenties the best I could do was just touch the rim. So here at 43 years old I haven’t lost a step, or a hop(?). Just for context, I’m 5′ 11 3/4″ (that 3/4″ is important). I believe all of those squats I did in the 30 days leading up to this last 30 days gave me a good base to build upon.
These plans have taught me three things:
1. When you’re trying to run and touch the rim, run and jump straight on. Don’t try to get fancy and touch as you’re going by the side of the rim.
2. Look and focus at the spot on the rim you are going to touch. I was so worried about my take off and landing that the only time I looked up at the rim was at the last second when my hand reached for it. Once I focused on the rim exclusively, I touched it.
3. A plan is a roadmap, a roadmap to where you want to go. Driving directions don’t say: “Drive to L.A.” You first have to get on this street, then that avenue, then this ramp, that highway, this interstate, change to another interstate. There may be several ways to drive to L.A. but chances are you’ll have to start on the smaller streets before you get to the interstate and finally L.A. There was some work I had to do before I could touch the rim, and the work was detailed on the plan.
The three things I learned: Take it straight on, focus, follow the plan. I wonder if that would work for other kinds of endeavors.
The whole point of these 30 day plans was to do something other than swim, bike, and run. It’s the “off-season” and I just needed a little variety. However, it’s now time to turn my attention back to the pool, the bike, and the running. I’m going to take it easy until New Year’s, then hit it again. In the meantime, I’m going to develop a plan for those first 30 days. One that will make me a faster runner, and get me back on the bike. I’ll probably wait until later in January or the first part of February to actually go swim. I love the New Year’s resolution folks, but the pool gets a little crowded with them there. I’ll definitely keep up some strength work with my sandbag, but I’m not sure what that’ll look like yet. Like I say, I’m taking it easy for now and will develop that plan over the next few days.
Thanks for reading. I’ll be back soon with another installment of how I accomplished a mediocre feat of athleticism.