Tuesday, January 16th
Hanging Knee Raise w/ TVA x 9, 6, 6, 5 (zero progress again, if not straight old regression)
Bench Knee Raise w/ TVA x 12, 9; Alt. Knee Raise x 5, 3
DB Side Bend w/ TVA 45lbs x 15, 15, 12, 12
Cable Twist w/ TVA 15lbs x 15, 15, 12; 10lbs x 12
The TVA work on abs and obliques has a big carryover to my surfing performance, but the current volume levels (one exercise a week for abs, one for obliques x 4 sets each) has not led to any increase in strength on the exercises. Additionally, I noted during my previous surf session, that in certain positions on the wave (high speed, short time window turns) I feel that I lack the core strength to attempt anything besides rushing through them. For the past few years I've limited myself to either a lateral oblique (like a side bend) or a rotational (a twist) per workout, it was based on a fear of excessive hypertrophy on my sides from high volume training. So today I threw that out to see if I can squeeze a little more out of myself.
Surfing 1 hour
Surfed a spot that only breaks on a big swell (and I'd guess at low tide). This is my third time out at this spot, but the first time I've caught anything. There was about ten people out, catching some beautiful waves or close-outs, depending on the set.
A big set came that rolled me, but it set me up for an attempt on a small insider which I made and I was really happy about. Struggled through a few more sets and then, after a fellow surfer failed to get into it, I made a big wave. As I swung for it, I could see that the shoulder looked like it was going to close-out, so I just rode it straight down, hoping the whole way that I wouldn't bury my nose. Made it to the bottom, then the white water crashed around me and after a second the turbulence threw me off.
Surfing has been a very difficult journey (my first year I never caught a wave, my second year I caught two waves on the same day, my third year I began to catch with regularity). I've had to go back to the well many, many times both mentally and physically. I'll feel like I'm doing everything right and then go out for 3 hours and not catch a single wave. And then I'll see a slight change that I can make - a shift in mental focus, an extra exercise - then apply it and go back to having fun again.
Today's surf session was a nice reminder of when things come together how good it can feel.
I texted my friend John afterwards to tell him about my session and to thank him for the board I rode (a gift about 15 years ago) and he said "My pleasure. You've become a great ambassador for the sport. I'm proud of you" - I'd like to remember that.
"If you live through defeat, you are not defeated. If you are beaten but acquire wisdom, you have won." - RZA