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Week ending 24/11/13

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It’s been a while since I posted a training week. Next comp is next weekend.

It’s good to have short lifting sessions again, and I’m especially looking forward to next week, when the sessions will be even shorter!

As of last week I’ve tightened up the diet. I don’t have scales at home, so not sure what I weigh, but I’m not going up a weight class… So the current plan is approximately 1kg+ of vegetables per day, plus protein, plus fish oil and Vit D…. plus one or two mini chocolates 😉

I’m hoping for a couple of PBs on the platform on Sunday. I’m hoping (but not expecting) to see a PB for squat and deadlift. My bench is a little rubbish, so I’m expecting to stay static on that one…. which after 12 months on the same number is a little demotivating, but that’s ok. I already have a plan moving forward to nationals next year 🙂

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Week ending 27/10/13

It’s been a while since I posted a training week, so I thought I would in case anyone is interested. Last week was my final week of sets of 5. This week is recovery week. Next week I get to do some heavy things 🙂

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I was a little disappointed with my bench this week, but squats were easy (just felt like cardio) and deadlifts were easy (although I felt sick because I drank too much water).

Lots of rest days in there. It makes me feel lazy. But I train better when I train less.

Next comp is early December. I know I could get stronger faster if I did more volume and less rest days, but at this stage I prefer slower progress without desperately trying to fit in my training or having mammoth sessions 🙂

Week ending 22/9/13

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I didn’t get all my training in this week. I left out my deadlift assistance, but I’m going to catch up with that tomorrow. So tomorrow will be a mega training day.

Managed to head out to Mt D for a couple of laps of the 1000 steps. I haven’t done any hills in well over a month now, so my legs started to feel it on the 2nd run down. I was too lazy to get my deadlifts in on Saturday. That meant by Sunday my quads were starting to feel it a bit from Mt D and it was slightly painful trying to deadlift and drag the bar up along my ouchies quads. Lucky it was only a light, otherwise it would’ve been tough 😉

Flowers at Mt D.

Flowers at Mt D.

Still wanted to get out for some real exploring, but once again I was working Friday arvo, so I needed to be sure I’d be home in time, hence Mt D rather than something interesting. Now it’s school hols and I have a little less stuff on, I have a couple of days this week where I’m free to do stuff. Although, I have a bunch of other things I want to do, so we’ll see. This week I had a lot of brilliant ideas, including to write a list of all my brilliant things to get done. This list of brilliance tired me out and I think I only crossed 2 things off my list, so I think I will give up this list business (it only lasted a week) or limit my list of things to do to one thing per week 😉

Speaking of tiredness… there’s way too much of that happening at this end. Sometimes it’s hard to do my training, because I feel like I can’t muster the energy for it. There are 2 things going on here. A combination of the cat meowing at 6:30am (big problem on the days I don’t have an early start) and too much coffee (trying to wake up after an early start or a cat wake up call). The other half suggested iron deficiency… a possibility due to low transferrin, but I eat so much food I’m not sure about that, although the caffeine might block it, who knows.

But this annoying tiredness means my enthusiasm for lifting is waning. I always found it easier to do a long run when I’m half asleep. You don’t have to put in much effort for that. As long as you remember to lift your feet high enough so you don’t trip over, it’s all good. But lifting weights is different. I find you need a lot of energy to be able to think about it, and even more to actually do it. All this effort is making me wish even more that my stupid ankle would fix itself so I can get back to running! I’ll be going back to the most recent physio soon.

Week ending 15/9/13

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This is the first week in quite a while that I’ve managed to get all my training in. For several weeks I was skipping some of my light assistance work. Not for any good reason, just laziness. So while my training week looks fairly blank and empty, it actually went to plan!

I’ve been taking my BCAAs before the big sessions, and coffee as well if I train at lunch time. This makes a big difference, so I need to be more consistent with this.

I didn’t get out for my trail run/bush walk but hopefully this week I will have time for something short in that regard.

Incidentally, I’ve noticed lately my stupid right ankle has been behaving. I think it’s because I haven’t walked up any hills in a while. I’m sure my ankle will be back to normal (ie random shooting pains) once I rectify that.

Week ending 8/9/13

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So finally after a few weeks off training, I put together my training cycle for my next powerlifting comp in December. I still have a slightly blocked ear and a bit of a cough, but I can train properly now 🙂

This week’s reps were pretty high! On Monday I found squats quite challenging, and I was still shaking before starting my 3rd set. Then when I decided to finish with some light kettlebell technique work my legs were still shaking and it felt like I was trying to balance on a trampoline.

I felt pretty tired during the week, and my training made me feel more tired. But come Saturday’s KB comp, I was feeling pretty good. It may have been the triple shot coffee that morning though 😉

Sunday (today) is rest day – taken up by playing in the garden and playing chasings with the cat. I actually prepared the garden properly this year, so I will be very annoyed if everything dies! I also hope getting in early will mean I can eat some produce this time before the 40+ degree sun kills it all.

Almost a before shot. This is after digging out the shin-height weeds.

Almost a before shot. This is after digging out the shin-height weeds.

During (couldn't have a pic without Cleo helping)

During (couldn’t have a pic without Cleo helping)

After

After