Ok, there’s something wrong going on.
Last week I did deload - it went good, except on the last day, squat day. The 1 rep at 100% TM felt heavy. Also, I had DOMS in my lower body both after deads day and squat day. I blamed the fact that I trained in the morning with suboptimal sleep for the squat day.
This week, I did the TM test week with the same TM I was using before the stop.
Yesterday I did press, it went good - I’d dare to say it went BETTER than when I did it before the stop.
Today, I did deads and it was a complete disaster. At 90%TM, I had to hit 5 reps, I hit 4, was pulling mixed grip and on the 5th rep I rotated and had to lower the bar when it was close to the knee.
I thought it was a one off, and tried to do TMx5 - I got one rep. Had to lower the bar on the second rep. My legs felt incredibly heavy and I felt the load went all to the lower back immediatly.
I’ve NEVER felt my legs so heavy doing deads, it was like they were extremely contracted but at the same time they weren’t pushing shit, just contracted like hell and doing no work.
Basically, my previous TM (which was in the low 85%, probably about 80%) just became my 1RM.
I don’t think it’s in my mind cause the Press test went good and today I was absolutely sure I would have had no issues getting the 5 reps.
It seems too much of a coincidence that my legs give up so quickly as they did on squat day and this deadlift day, and that my lower body has DOMS from a deload week.
The lower body is exactly where the antibiotic caused weakness and tendonitis in the previous weeks and today I feel I’ve made a step towards an herniated disc.
I don’t really know what to do now, I’ll go on with this TM test week for sure and see what I get, especially on squat day, but I don’t really feel confident restarting Leviathan, even with tweaked TMs.
I think I’ll go back two cycles on deads and eventually on the other lifts that need to be reset, then run 1-2 cycles of 5’s Pro, 5x5FSL and do another TM test to see what I get.
I’d speak with my medic about it but he’d tell me not to workout while waiting for the side effects of the antibiotic to go away, which is bullshit, since he’s been saying the same thing for weeks now. I simply refuse to wait for a non finite amount of time until things magically settle.
Side note, from a visit I’ve done a few days ago it emerged that it wasn’t an infection but a very strong inflammation, so the fucking antibiotic wasn’t even necessary.