Week 48: 5/3/1 Cycle 1, Week 2, Day 2 - Deadlifts
145kg: 3 - belt on, mixed grip
125kg: 3x5 - belt off, double overhand
Pistol Squat/Hanging Leg Raise - Superset
I was initially disappointed as I'd hoped to get 180kg for 3, but I called it after 1 because it wasn't a great rep. However, getting my top set for 8 reps on 3s week is actually pretty good - 160kg always used to be a heavy single weight so I can't complain about getting 8 solid reps. I've found that I can really only manage one of these all-out sets per deadlift session, and so I need to drop any ambitious joker targets and just focus on doing a good job with my 5/3/1 set. The 125kg sets look a little irrelevant but I really concentrated on pulling well, and without a mixed grip and belt and being in a fatigued state they weren't particularly easy.
This year has been great for motivation, and I was worried that I'd lose a bit of interest once I got back to my baseline, but I'm glad to say that's not the case. Maybe it would be if I was at @T3hPwnisher's level, but coming back to mediocrity doesn't feel like a victory - it just feels like survival. At this point I've weathered the storm, but I haven't taken my enemies heads - that's what I'm going to do next.