Just when it seems like everything is feeling decent, something doesn’t. I didn’t sleep overly well last night and struggled to find a position that would alleviate my physical discomfort while allowing me to fall asleep. I favour my right side, but any time spent laying on that side last night quickly resulted in a dull, heavy ache where my leg meets my hip. The accompanying tingling in my right foot told me that the cause of the pain could be a disc issue. Such knowledge was not comforting, even though I’ve dealt with the disc thing before. Flipping onto my left side would alleviate both the tingling and the pain, but then the snoring emanating from my husband would jolt me awake every time I would begin to drift into sleep. There is an odd difference between my left ear and my right, even though I wear earplugs at night. The only way to adequately block out loud noise is for my right ear to be against my pillow which is part of the reason why I favour sleeping on my right side. So I had a distinct problem last night. Lay on my right side and remain awake from the pain and toe tingling. Lay on my left side and stay awake from the snoring. Lay on my left side, repeatedly poke my husband and ruin his sleep. Or, perhaps worst of all, lay on my back and turn my head to rest on my right. I finally went with the last option, but I really do not like sleeping on my back. It might help my hip feel better, but it usually makes my back achy and my sleep is less restorative.
Not surprisingly, I woke up reluctantly, although I at least had the luxury of allowing a natural return to functionality. There is still a heaviness in that spot at the base of my right buttock, but the toe tingling only seems to happen when I go to bed. There is also an ache of sorts low and center of my back, or more appropriately my pelvis. It doesn’t feel quite like my previous SI problems, so I don’t honestly know if it is anything to be concerned about at right now. My previous disc issues never caused pain in my back. So I don’t know. I will just keep doing my back rehab stuff and I can add in the things I did for the disc problem before.
Today was deadlift day, and I am now down to single reps for my working sets. However, I was also supposed to do singles at 275 pounds. In training, I have ever only done 1 single rep at 275 pounds. I am not used to doing more reps at that heavy of a weight. Ever. The fact that I did 255 pounds for doubles for multiple sets last week made me believe that I could do three singles at 275 this morning. One heavy rep with 4 minutes of rest between…I could do that! But that little obnoxious ache in my back and hip ricocheted through my head, leaving a trail of carnage in its wake.
1. deadlifts (2-2×1) 3 sets of 1
warm up: 45 lbs x 8, 95 x 5, 135 x 5, 165 x 3, with belt 195 x 2, 225 x 2, 255 x 1
main event, with belt: 275 x 1, 275 x 0, 275 x 0, 275 x 1, 275 x 1
Warm ups felt good. The first single at 275 felt a bit heavy but decent, and my belief that I was capable was solid. I set up for the second single, began the lift, and had to let go of the bar. Although there wasn’t any pain, it just didn’t feel right and I knew I couldn’t finish it. I took a moment or two or three to regroup before trying again. I set up and initiated the lift, got the bar even higher than the previous attempt, then had to drop it again. Same thing. No pain. Just didn’t feel right. That second aborted attempt pissed me off. I sat and waited my four minutes before trying again, thoughts racing. What if I fail again? Should I just quit? Am I even supposed to complete all three reps after two failed attempts? Why can’t I get it? I know I can! Am I going to hurt myself in continuing? What if the disc issue is flaring up again? Why?! Can’t I just get a break already?
A lot can happen inside a mind in 4 minutes. It was a battle between my body and my brain, probably one of the biggest mental battles I’ve ever had in the gym. In the absence of someone to slap my back, I slapped my thighs a few times, chalked up my hands, and stalked to the bar with a tinge of anger. This time I was successful in completing the lift. It wasn’t any easier than the first single, but I did it and I knew that I could do it again. And I did.
2. bench press (2-1×0) 2 reps
warm up: 45 lbs x 8, 65 x 5, 85 x 5, 100 x 3
main event: 115 x 2, 115 x 2, 115 x 2
The first two warm up sets were done without feet or arch. Just because. My bench press has been feeling quite solid lately, and today was no exception. For something completely different, I put wrist wraps on starting with the second warm up set. Although I’ve owned wrist wraps for more than a year, I have never used them. Lately I’ve been experiencing some minor aches in my wrists after heavy bench sets, and the aches and stiffness seeps into my fingers, as well. I’m not sure if I want to use the wraps when I compete, since I am generally not used to using them; however, I wanted to try them out and see if they help. The weather has been cooler, damper, and I am, I suppose, old enough to have some arthritis creeping in. 😦 The wrists felt pretty good with the wraps on, so I will try them again on Saturday when I do heavy singles.
x 30 seconds, x 25 seconds, x 20 seconds
I know I can plank better than this, but that achy spot on my low back was particularly uncomfortable with the planks.