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Monday, November 19, 2012

Back to work Saturday and Monday

I had planned on easing back into training a little Saturday so nothing extra ordinary happened...
Conv Deads without a belt:
135 X 3 sets of 5
225 X 2 sets of 5
3165 X 2 sets of 5
365 X 2 sets of 5

Wide stance leg press to test and stretch the adductor:
1,2,3 plates all for 1 set of 15 each

Sled Drags with 2 plates:
2 slow walks forward and backward of about 70 yards each pass.  I need to get back to doing the sled regularly.
Hanging leg raise using Spud, Inc. Hanging ab Straps: 4 sets of 15
Stretched, massaged and rolled my leg with the stick to get some of the bruising and swelling to dissipate.  It worked pretty well.  My leg was/is a bit sore from it but now the bruising has spread all the way around my leg from just below my hip to my knee, but it is a much less angry color.

Monday Non Bench Bench Day:
Spud and I worked some flat DB's tonight.  I was not enthused and my shoulders and elbows were still pretty cranky from dumping my opener 3 times a week prior at the meet.
Worked up to 105's for 5 sets of 8
Pin Press about 2-3" off my chest/belly:
135 X 5
225 X 5
275 X 5
315 X 3 sets of 5

Chest Supported Row with one whopping plate: 3 sets of 15

Front Raise with a monster mini in each hand: 4 sets of 12

Enough for tonight.  Now the fun will be to see if I can squat at all on Wednesday.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Worlds and Vegas

I competed on Sunday with all of the 275+ lifters.  There were a lot of big names there and I was hoping it would turn out to be a good day for everyone.  Not the case for most of the lifters....including myself.

Warm ups went fine as usual.  I weighed a little light so my briefs were a bit loose, but I figured it would let me get depth easier.  I lowered my opener from 950ish to 920 to make sure I was able to get my first one in deep.  They were using metal monolifts (European style) that I hadn't ever used so I was conservative. 
First attempt:  Miss.  I felt like I was in the whole a minute before I hit depth and then tried to good morning it.
Second Attempt:  Deep squat felt better, but right when I got the up call I my right leg came in a bit and the spotters took it (it was the safe call to make even though I yelled at a few people for it). 
Third Attempt:  I just squatted it.  Went down well and came up nice and fast.  I have to have a little excitement I guess...

Bench:  Everything went alright in warm ups, but everything felt heavy as hell.  The trend would continue on the platform.  I opened with 639 and all of my attempts felt terrible.  I couldn't touch a single one without dumping it (I'd get the press call as it was rolling onto my belly).  That makes for a short day.

My perspective of the meet.  The spotting was great as all of the guys were encouraging and positive.  The platform and equipment left a lot to be desired.  Conditions were not the greatest (better equipment in the warm up room than on the platform), but you never know what you are going to get when you go to a meet.  Adapt and persevere, or Bomb and go home.

Lindsay and I stayed out in Vegas for 6 days total and we had a blast.  Everything was fun and entertaining.  We went and saw several shows and exhibits that were really fun.  The highlight of the trip was a helicopter tour of the grand canyon the day before we left. 

We just got back into town, so tomorrow it is back to work and Saturday is back to training.  I'm not sure how bad it is, but i tore something in my right leg on my second attempt.  It feels like it is somewhere in one of the adductors and about an 8" circle on my leg is purple now, so I'll have to be a little patient getting back to work on it.  Even though it didn't go as planned I had all the support I could ever want.  Much thanks to Mike and Spud for handling me, Sue for taking vids and being there to help with what ever else I needed. Thank you to all of my training partners who help me this cycle and stayed late to help.  Last and most of all I owe a great deal of thanks to my wife Lindsay for supporting me and through good and bad. 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

So It's been a while...

I have been busy with work and a little lazy since training was winding down for worlds.  I'll save you all the details but here is what my last few workouts looked like.

Deads:  Pulled 545 for 3 or 3 sets of 3 in briefs.  Everything felt good and moved fast.

Bench: I ended up touching 635 with a good press, then did 585 X 2 off a half board.  Nice to touch something going into the meet.

Squat: Ended with 6 sets of 3 with 595.

Everything has healed up nicely and I am well rested for the meet.  We are headed out to Vegas ass early tomorrow morning.  Mike will be lifting on Saturday and I will lift on Sunday.  I am looking forward to a few good days of lifting and a fun time with Lindsay, Marc, Sue and the old guy Mike.
      I finally bought a Camera to replace the one I lost/got stolen out drunk with Murph in Bastan, so hopefully I will be able to get some good vids to post on our youtube page.

Vegas bound!