Week 42 Update
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Welcome Players! Read below for the Week 42 Update.
Well, I’m certainly not proud of it. This might be the worst week I’ve had as far as daily habits goes this entire year. But the context is important.
I returned from a long weekend of travel on Monday, and a lot of work to catch up on, and am prioritizing the rehabilitation for my SIJ injury (which is getting better). With all things considered I just didn’t have the capacity to prioritize practice this week, and as much as I hate to say it, some things were more important.
Recognizing when to push and when to pull back is a key factor in sustainability, and for me, this was a week to pull back.
Resistance Train (Gym): 1
Conditioning (Road Bike): 0
I really miss riding the bike :(
I’m not doing progressive resistance training as a pre-caution with my injury, so although I’ve been in the gym exercising it’s been a completely different style of training. More bodyweight movements, more controlled movements, more corrective exercises, little heavy weight.
I’m working WITH my body right now, and this is all I can handle.
The round on Friday was UGLY. The course was out of range balls (How? Don’t even ask…), so all I got to do was a physical warm-up and some putting before the round.
That on top of no practice in over a week, the injury (still feels pretty good swinging though), means I definitely did not strike the ball well.
Ok - here’s the scorecard:
Yikes… I thought I left the +100’s behind! Golf sure is a hell of a game.
The best news here though is that I’m putting on an absolute STRIPE SHOW with my driver. The swing off the tee box is starting to feel really good, which is funny considering I haven’t practiced it. Not only am I getting accuracy, but I’m getting distance too (I recently switched to Pro V1’s and see a tangible 10+ yd difference vs the TP5’s I was playing before).
57% fairways is a good number, so if I can repeat that tee box performance along with dialing in my irons/wedge game the opportunity to score will be right back into shooting sub 90.
My injury has certainly de-railed a lot of my training up to this point and definitely is inhibiting my progress, but that is an uncontrollable at this point.
Although it’s not bad, as in it’s not super painful or limiting, but not pleasant either, I’m still taking the cautious approach because my health is always a priority and I’m not going to risk making it worse.
The things I can control are the rehabilitation, my mindset, and focusing on taking one step forward in recovery and in practice to get back out on the course at full strength as quick as I can.