So yesterday I blogged about feeling more nervous about registering for a competition than actually competing in one, and today reinforced the truth of that statement. I arrived at work to discover that the shift was not going to go as expected and I was suddenly the only manager on hand for the entire shift. Since I like to be organized and plan ahead, I get momentarily flustered by unexpected changes like that, but I am usually able to adapt and adjust fairly well. Today was no exception, except that I was already carrying a load of tension about registering. I had to keep checking the computer in the office to see when registration would go live, even as work got a little busy. Then the link wouldn’t open on the office computer. I couldn’t access the appropriate website on the computer. Thank goodness for smart phones! I was able to access the link and website through my phone, but it sure wasn’t fun filling out the registration form on such a small screen. The competition filled up in roughly an hour and a half, but I was registered. Once I submitted my registration, I felt instantly relieved and ready for whatever the rest of the day wanted to throw at me. It no longer mattered that a wrench had been thrown into the day. It didn’t matter that someone else called in sick for the afternoon. My head was in a better place and I could roll with the punches. Yes, I was definitely more nervous and stressed out prior to registering than I am before stepping on the platform!
1a. handstand push-up practice
x 4, x 4, x 6
I can’t recall if I’ve mentioned what exactly I am doing for the hspu practice. There is a mat, maybe 3-4 inches thick, with an ab mat on top. I get into the handstand position against the wall with the mats under my head, and I lower myself just enough for my head to touch the top of the mats and push myself back up. The last set was the best today, and the first several reps were fast and smooth. I am definitely seeing some improvement with these. My form and technique getting up into the position has improved greatly! I am much more confident about getting into position than I was even a week ago.
1b. front squats with knee sleeves
without shoes: 45 x 7, 75 x 6, 95 x 6
with shoes: 125 x 6, 145 x 8, 155 x 6
The first sets were done without shoes, because they were alternated with the handstand push-ups and Michael doesn’t want shoes marking up his wall. 😉 I don’t really have a problem doing them without my squat shoes, although it is a bit more difficult to unrack the bar due to the difference in my height. That isn’t too big of a problem with the lighter weights, but I’m definitely glad to be able to put my shoes back on before the weight gets too heavy. That said, the last three sets did feel a bit more challenging today. I’m sure we could have pushed it more, but there really isn’t a need to do that. So says Michael and I believe him!
1c. incline bench press-slightly wider grip
45 x 8, 65 x 8, 65 x 8 this was the best set I think, 67 x 6 plus 6 singles with a 10 second rest between reps
My biggest issue with the incline seems to be bar positioning. The third set was the best. The fourth was probably the ugliest. I think I had a couple of good reps, but then my positioning was all over the place…too high, too low and it was only all the more difficult.
2a. alternating flat dumbbell presses
29 lbs x 10 each x 3 sets
My memory is hazy, but I think these felt more challenging today. I do know that the left arm was weaker last week, however, the right arm was the weaker one today. What can I say? Sometimes my arms like to take turns being strong!
2b. skater squats with 5 pound dumbbells
x 10 each leg x 3 sets
Single leg work isn’t a favourite, but I think each set was better than the previous one.
3a. close grip bench press, no pausing!
65 x 12, 75 x 11
I tried for a twelfth rep on the last set…kind of stalled out about two inches off of my chest.
3b. single arm lat pulldowns
30 lbs x 12 each, 35 lbs x 11 each
I asked Michael which arm to start with and he left that decision up to me. I started with the right arm since that one seemed weaker. That was a good call on my part! The left arm definitely had an easier time.
3c. rear laterals
8 lb dumbbells x 17, x 15
All I am going to say is that I do not enjoy these. So not a favourite.
3d. weighted plank
45 lbs x 25 seconds, 45 pounds x 37 seconds
And now I am exhausted, drained, depleted, just done. It’s been a very long day. Every Monday is a long day for me. Getting up at 3:45 kind of makes for a long day; however, it wasn’t all that bad. Tomorrow is my Friday, and I am looking forward to finishing work and breathing deeply. I mean that figuratively, of course, because I always breathe deeply! Just ask my coach and chiropractor. 😉