Happy to hear you are feeling better!
Cycle 2 Week 4 Day 2
112.5-2x1 These were supposed to be doubles but this is getting close to my opener and I was gassed
TB Rows - Tempo
Bar +20- 3x10
Last week of the cycle and I’m starting to miss reps. I’m not concerned. The numbers are a bit of a reach. Not totally out there but easy to miss if I’m tired. For me, it’s hitting the top end of what I can do prefaced by what is, for me, a lot of volume.
On a side note, I had a bit of trough at the front of my house pull away. One of the techs at work came to reattach it only to discover that the fascia board is rotted away. Who knows how extensive it is. I have a guy coming to take a look at it but it will likely run a few thousand. Fortunately I work in construction or it could be worse.
My sweet tax return that was going towards new living room furniture is now paying for porch repairs.
Cycle 2 Week 4 Day 3
Warm up with side planks
Paused sumo deadlift
These still feel awesome in that they don’t hurt.
Peak cycle week 1 day 1
200-3 add belt
Set at 207.5
Set at 192.5
3x6 plus 4 band assisted after each set of six
Peak cycle week 1 day 2
255-1 add belt
These all felt pretty good. The drop set was still hard but wasn’t touch and go like the past couple of weeks.
RDL - Tempo
Bench - CG pause
Bench - two board
Peak cycle week 1 day 3
I didn’t miss any reps this week. The last three sets were hard but my back was also still lit up from heavy deadlifts on Wednesday so I’m happy enough with how things went.
Peak cycle week 2 day 1
Hanging leg raises
240-4 add belt
This is the top set
Rack pulls (sumo - first time in a long time and they feel much better than conventional)
305-4 add belt
MP - tempo
BW has been decent lately too so I don’t think I’ll need to worry about much of a cut. I was 124.5 on Saturday. 128 today after all the weekend shit but that’s pretty normal. I typically blow off 3-4lbs over the course of the week and the previous weekend gets out of my system.
Peak cycle week 2 day 2
Top set of 215
Last set of paused squats
Looking strong! When is your meet?
Like your new do! It looks cute!
The meet is April 27. It’s the same location as the last one where I shit the bed. I have a much better meet planned Mostly I picked it for proximity. It’s in Toronto so only 45 minutes away.
Thanks for the hair compliment. I’m very glad I stopped colouring it.
Peak cycle week 2 day 3
Hanging leg raises
272.5-1 add belt
Set at 287.5. I was surprised with how fast the first rep came up
Single at 295. This is close to my typical first attempt. (135kg/298lbs). This felt solid particularly after all the heavy sets before. Normally if it looks like this at home, it flies at a meet due to adrenaline and a more flexible bar. We use a texas pl bar which is pretty stiff.
2 board bench
Peak cycle week 3 day 1
Things are dialing way back now…
200-3 add belt
Peak cycle Week 3 day 2 (Wednesday)
Hanging leg raise
275-1 add belt
pull ups - unassisted-2x6,
assisted enough to top each set to 8 total reps
Week 3 Day 3
My left knee was feeling a bit tweaky and an lateral movement irritated it. This made me a bit unfocused and squats felt harder than they should have. I really couldn’t get tight enough
3 board press
Peak cycle Week 4 Day 1
The fourth rep of each of these sets was grindy as crap. However, it’s close to 90% of my max.
Saturday morning I met with my trainer and went to my opener on bench. One of my friends is head ref for the meet so I had her do commands and make sure everything looked good.
I went to around my last warm up on deadlift 117.5kg around 260lbs. I didn’t bring a belt and borrowed one but everyone there is thicker than I am. I felt like one of those irritating people “oh dear I’m so little that nothing is small enough for me…”
I was also a bit hung over.
Peak cycle week 4 day 2
Short and sweet
DB side bends
Peak cycle week 4 day 3
195-1 add belt
90-2x3 2 second pause
This afternoon I spent several hours stripping paint from my bedroom window frame. The chemical stripper isn’t very effective any more as it’s now environmentally friendly. I purchased a porter cable heat gun. I thought I’d be smart and work higher so I didn’t kill my lower back before squatting. Instead I lit up my upper back. I don’t think I’ll finish the bedroom this winter as the changed stripper has slowed things right down. The heat gun works well on the paint but the paint was put over varnish. The gun doesn’t work on that. It just turns it gluey. I think I’ll have to persevere with the stripper on the varnish but that shouldn’t be too bad. It didn’t do much with the paint but emulsifies the varnish.
Those pulls - that near max set looked good
All your training is near max -good work.
I have hallucinated and passed out using a heat gun on molding.
there are some gel based thinner solvents that are mega toxic and super efficient.
Can you get me a name for the solvents? I was using heritage max but can longer get it.
citrus strip is one brand
there are some other ‘orange’ gel products who are mostly defunct.
Ive had luck with ‘formbys’
usually have to use two kinds one you brush and scrape
the formbys or straight turpentine
you use with like a 000 steel wool
Post meet recovery
First a quick update on the meet. It was a disappointment. I’m still struggling with squat.
I put my opening squat deliberately low and am glad I did or my meet would have been like the last.
105-no good. Wouldn’t come up
105- no good. Same as my second.
I lowered my planned opener to 50kg
I passed on my third because I ripped a callus on my left hand and don’t think I could have gotten more.
Grinding on the squats smoke the crap out of my back. I ended up with one of my lowest totals.
The really fun part was when Frank asked for the car keys because he wanted to grab another bottle of water. I emptied out all my bags and couldn’t find them. I ran around between my bench attempts and finally located them in the weigh in room. It would have been mighty hard to get home without a car key.
On the bright side, I got a typical response from another woman at the meet. At almost every meet I’ve competed at, I’ve had women I don’t know come up to me and tell me I’m an inspiration. One woman told me I look like a dancer. That always lifts my mood because it sure as shit isn’t lifting the bar
I skipped Monday night and trained last night:
super set with
Tempo reverse hyper