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Recovery, Medals and Snow

As Ireland is slowly thawing out after an unprecedented snowfall, we had our doors open again and the regular members getting back into action after a few snow days at home.

Those few days off were timely for our Kettlebell Sport lifters and Aneta from Irish Karate Kyokushin.

They’re all recovering from various competitions the weekend before. Here they are showing off their medals:

A post shared by Dave Hedges (@dave_hedges) on Mar 5, 2018 at 12:32am PST

Kettlebell Sport and Martial Arts tend to attract similar types of people (fun fact: a great many who took up kettlebells in the early days were martial artists, and many old martial artists have tried Kettlebell sport)

The sports are both incredibly tough, often lonely and require a strength of mind like no other.

The people that do well in these sports are the same people that tend to ignore their limits and just keep on pushing.

Add to that the lack of a “season” in these sports and we have a recipe for burnout.

So a heavy dump of snow that shuts the country down and forces people to take a breather, well that’s a good thing.

Pushing on is a good thing. It is a necessary thing. But so is recovery Recovery must be prioritised as much as training.

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