So I guess the first question is: what was the January Challenge? Well, to be honest I didn’t make it public because I really did not think I could make it and I was too lazy to write about it until the 7th. By then it seemed too late and I deleted the draft. So anyway, I decided to go meat free for January and I actually made it! I know it would have been better to announce it in advance but I really did make it. It was surprisingly easy — there was only one time when I let myself get super hungry that I really went Hannibal Lector over meat. Even then, I ate my veggie burrito and mostly liked it. I don’t plan on going full vegetarian but, it was interesting in that I never felt like I needed meat. Going forward I plan to do monthly challenges. (Like updating my blog?)

Things I learned:

* Indian food is your best friend if you are trying reduce meat consumption.
* I expected to lose a ton of weight, I didn’t lose any.
* I expected to have low energy and endurance. I felt great, had plenty of energy to train.
* Lunch is the easiest to go meat free. Dinner is the hardest.
* Lots of vegetables means lots of fiber…. You can figure the rest.

WUKAR Kettlebells

Kettlebells all lined up

So for this month I am committing to a hard goal of 100 kettlebell swings a day and a soft goal of 300. Why the discrepancy? Well, I am hoping to get a lot of miles in on the bike this month and on my recovery days I think it is best to not over do it. 100 is a good number for the recovery days (unlike 100 burpees, that is a whole other story) as it won’t tax me and I can get some blood flowing to help me recover. I don’t plan on doing them all at once. I will likely break them up into sets of 20-30 throughout the day. KB weight will vary. On recovery days I may only use a 12kg, and I don’t plan on going above 24kg. After all I am a skinny cyclist.

RKC Kettlebells are WUKAR approved
Order Russian Kettlebells


Here is a quick summary and video review of the RKC kettlebells. I have been using kettlebells in my winter as well as my cycling in-season maintenance program for a few years now. The are also a big part of the programs I design for my WUKAR Warriors.  On thing I have noticed is that not all kettlebells are created equal.  As I mention in the video I am partial to the RKC brand from Dragon Door. They are the guys who really got the train rolling in the USA about kettlebell training.  The things I look for in selecting a kettlebell are:

  1. Mate finish. No enamels that are slippery and flake off.
  2. Round grip on the handles. Makes the swings more comfortable and give a more secure grip.
  3. Wide handle for two handed movements and easy transitions in one handed movements.


Another great source of kettlebells

Onnit Primal Bells


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