I understand what you're saying, but it's just not possible to always PR. Of course you left yourself an out there saying "or at least equaling one."
2 weeks in a row my bench did not PR. For instance, couple weeks ago on my 3s week I hit 225x10. Today on my 5s week I only managed 215x10. Thought 215x11 would go and just barely missed it at lock out. Now, I quit a long time creatine protocol in the last 2 weeks and traveled all last week, so I'm blaming this, but it still concerns me.
Just curious if others see "down periods." Weirdly I'm fresh off a deload. Thought I would crush weight.