I slept most horribly last night, and I cannot think of why that was the case. It had been several hours since I last had caffeine. I was sufficiently tired and relaxed. There wasn’t really anything stuck in my thoughts. My body just couldn’t settle. To be honest, I am actually amazed that I can fall asleep at all most nights, because my natural sleep position no longer works for me and hasn’t for well over a year. I am very much a side sleeper, but I’ve been forced to sleep on my back ever since my shoulders first became an issue in May of 2014. Even though my shoulders are no longer the problem that they used to be, I still cannot sleep for very long on my side and very rarely can I fall asleep laying on my side. But last night, I could not get comfortable in any position, and so I tossed and turned. Just when I would start to drift off, some random body part would begin to complain and I would need to move, jarring my half-asleep brain back to consciousness. It was a frustrating night.
The rest of the day wasn’t too bad. Mondays are usually respectably good days, but there was a bit of a hiccup over the lunch hour at work which made the day feel unbearably long and tedious. It is ironic how many people are lacking in social graces, courtesy and common sense during the Christmas season…at least when they deal with those who are in the business of serving on them! <sigh> I work tomorrow, and then I am off until Boxing Day. I also work next Monday and Tuesday, and then I get 9 days off! My chiropractor asked me what I was going to do during those days off. I have absolutely no idea! But I did know that today was squat day!
1a. squats-high bar, knee sleeves
without belt: 45 x 8, 95 x 5 with a one second pause for each rep, 135 x 5, 155 x 5
with belt: 175 x 3, 185 x 8, 200 x 8 PR, 175 x 10
Squats were feeling good today. The 200 pounds for 8 reps wasn’t even maximal, and the reps got easier and faster as I went along. Even the back down set of 10 was really quite easy…I could have done several more reps. Michael commented on the fact that there is much more consistency with the bar path and my positioning with every rep. Practice makes better!
1b. bench press-medium grip (between my narrow and competition grips)
43 x 8, 73 x 8, 83 x 8, 83 x 3 just to really focus on keeping the bar centered as I bring it to my chest and then press it as there was some drift going on previously, 93 x 8
150 pounds for a 10 second hold just to feel the weight and trick my brain! This was because we had just been talking about how our brains can think a weight will be heavy because of a number. After the set at 93 pounds, Michael was going to add 5 more pounds and said I wouldn’t even notice the difference, to which I laughed that now my brain would think it was going to be heavy. So, Michael said we’d trick my brain.
100 x 8, 100 x 6
2a. rack pulls
135 x 7
with straps: 185 x 8, 205 x 8
with straps and belt: 225 x 6
I really had to focus on keeping my shoulders and lats back and tight. I lost a bit of abdominal tightness near the end of the set at 205, so Michael had me use my belt for the final set to see if that made a difference. I think it did.
As I was setting up for the second or third set, I can’t remember which one, I did something funky to my right knee and twisted it somehow. It made quite the popping noise and felt a little weird for a moment, but it was completely fine as I finished my training session. How on earth did I even do that? Although it was fine to finish my sets and such, the knee did begin to feel a little sore as I drove home and now as I am sitting at the computer. It isn’t very bad, but I will put some arnica on it before bed.
2b. GHD sit-ups
x 12 just bodyweight
x 8 with an 8 kg kettle bell
x 8 with a 10 kg kettle bell
I have one more training session before Christmas and for the rest of the year. Michael asked me today if I would be okay to take an entire week off from training. <gasp> What will I do with myself? How will I reclaim my sanity for my final work days of the year? Will my family like a restless, non-training me? Will I?
Seriously though, the rest won’t kill me. It won’t make me weak. It won’t send me hurtling back to the beginning like landing on the wrong square in a game of Snakes & Ladders. It will be sort of like a de-load week, except with even less activity, although I have been given permission to do a small amount of stuff at home, like 10 bodyweight squats and 5 push-ups. It’s a challenge! I just need to think of it as a challenge. I can do it.