Last week was a scheduled recovery week. I was going to do some assistance work, but ended up doing nothing except an easy walk around Mt D followed by the BSAR training weekend.
I was looking forward to this week with reduced sets and reps for everything!
I still found squats hard. I thought it was all in my head. So I flipped through my training diary and saw I have never done 97.5kg for 3 reps before. 2 reps was my previous max reps at that weight. Of course, it was still all in my head, because after the first set I was thinking too much and failed the next set, then reduced the weight. It is always better to think only of technique, and to think of only one rep at a time. Thinking about the weight, or however many reps and sets left is the best way to psych yourself out of it! It is best to pretend to be a brute male, who cannot think and do stuff at the same time.
I was very happy with how my bench went! Although there was still some failage going on, I have never done 60kg for 3 reps before. 2 reps (with pause) is my max at that weight. So I am partly terrified, and partly excited for next week’s bench 😀 😀 😀
Deadlift was easy. I mean, not easy, but I have done that weight a bazillion times before. I am not increasing the weight too much yet on that so that my form is still good and my back stays happy. Although, I have found over the past few months that I only get referred pain from my back after Squat Day (spinal compression, not form, causing this).
Bodyweight wise, I am very happy. Down 3kg in 4 weeks, so I am no longer in danger of having to move up a weight class! I have never eaten so much food in my life. It is awesome! Although I had a couple of chocolates this week (uh oh, you can guess which days from my training diary above), I am keeping up this protocol until my next comp in a few weeks.
After my jaunt up Mt Donna Buang on Friday, my stupid ankle was being stupider than usual. Hills are no good for it. Such a shame, because no hills = boring.
I am conducting a survey about what to do next about my stupid ankle. Should I:
- See the osteo again, and request he treat it from a different perspective (and tell him exactly what I think, even though it’s not my job/expertise)?
- Pay a bazillion buckazoids to someone I found online, who knows how to treat problems by looking not just at the site of pain, but at the cause, which is often elsewhere?
- See my physio again, and say to him what I would say to the osteo?
What do you think?