How do you respond? Mentally? I am the kind of guy that goes over and over it in my head and it bothers me. I mean, I broke my PR's last week and got over 4 plate T-bar Rows for the first time and broke my squat 5RM PR (2 days ago) and my Shoulder Press PR. So, PR's were getting broken.
But today, my back workout was terrible. I did some light squatting and set myself up for the deadlift. I had not deadlifted in 3 weeks but before I had a break from deadlifting I was deadlifting 150kg 1x5, easily. Today, I could not even manage 140kg for 3 reps. I then went to do some t-bar rows, bad idea. I could not get past 2-3 reps on my working weight. The dumbbells also felt heavier than normal today. I was so angry with myself.
I know I am not likely to have lost any muscle, but I know I have to keep on track. I know the cause of my bad performance. I had a bad sleeping pattern on the weekend because of the boxing match. I had soda and potato chips , I don't think I ate enough food.
But it makes you think, that once you get to an intermediate sort of level, these things matter a lot... I realise, the amount of discipline required to recover enough to perform well, is high.