I feel great.
Like really great.
This morning was my first session with Athletic Edge. These guys specialise in functional, relevant strength and conditioning work for athletes; from rugby players through triathletes to sprinters etc.
Having seen the work they've done with Mr TOTKat over the last year, how much stronger and more resilient he's got, I decided they were the solution to my feeling weak and soft. It's hard getting to the gym on your own schedule; if you've committed to a session with someone who's going to really pick over exactly what you need to be doing to move forward then it's far more likely to happen. Even when that means getting up at 05:45 to do that.
So. Initial thoughts are that my lower back is a bit over-enthusiastic and, under certain conditions, tries to take the load that my glutes and hamstrings should be taking. My hamstrings and calves are a bit tight and that's limiting some exercises before we can load them up at all. And I have good control in the main, which is a good platform to start working on good technique and then progressing the exercises.
Ben put me through some fairly gentle, easy exercises this morning but I know I will have some DOMS tomorrow and Sunday mainly because I was using muscles in ways I've not done in a while. I look forward to it! Hello endorphins, I've missed you :o)