2013 MD States Week 7 Training – Stress, Training with the Crud and Indecisive Squirrels

2013 MD States Week 7 Training – Stress, Training with the Crud and Indecisive Squirrels

Sep 30, 2013

There’s been a mess of stress this week.  I try to keep my stress levels down overall because they obviously effect my recovery.   I’ve come a long way from the seriously type-A, control freak that I used to be.  And before the peanut gallery jumps in here, I am aware that I’m still a type-A control freak.  It just isn’t as bad as it used to be.  I’m more willing to let some stuff go and not make stress where it doesn’t really need to be.   But this week?   By Tuesday, my main goal for the week was to get through just one day, one, where I didn’t have the nearly uncontrollable urge to drop kick someone.


Heavy squats for 3×2.  I really want to make sure as I get further into this training cycle that I’m pushing myself a bit.  We’re starting to get into weights that are a little intimidating but there’s no good reason why I shouldn’t be able to do them.  Even if I’ve never done them before.  Sets were 355, 370 and 385 and they all felt really good.

Then 5 x 5 high bar paused squats.  These sucked.  You know, because they’re high bar and they’re paused.  Still…..  Sets were 185, 225, 235, 245 and 255.

Next 3 x 10 reverse hyper at 240.  I was about half way through the first set when I saw I had a friend……

He was a bit closer than I would have liked......

He was a bit closer than I would have liked……

I know it’s just a daddy longleg and he’s harmless and everything but it was still a shock when I saw him.

Finished up the day with 3 x15 barbell shrugs (185, 225, 275) and 3 x 20 weighted sit-ups (50lbs).  We may have to find another answer to the weighted sit-ups soon.  Dumbbells start getting pretty big after about 45lbs and I’m finding that they’re starting to squish the girls.  (No, I’m not going to explain that further.  If you didn’t get it, just think about it a little bit.)


Wednesday we had……..  nothing.  I got stuck at work and missed all the fun I could have had with the prowler.


Bench was 6 x 2 with one minute rest between sets starting at 135lbs.  Sets were 135, 150, 165, 175, 185 and 190.  I wanted 195 but instead we went for the 190 with the compromise that they were paused.  Based on how these felt, I feel like my bench may be much better than I thought now that we changed my set-up.  I’m really looking forward to working up to some heavy singles in a couple of weeks to see where I am.   And now that I’ve typed that, I’m going to go find some wood to knock on…….

Press was an undramatic 3 x 10 at 100lbs.

Then 3 sets of 8 incline bench (105, 120, 130) and 15 knees to elbows and 3 sets of 15 bench dips and reverse fly (15lbs).  The bench dips should have been real dips but on the second one, something in the front of my left shoulder kind of freaked out so we decided to just do them on the bench.

By the time I left, I was starting to feel a little sketchy.  I had a short bit of dizziness between sets on incline bench and a pretty good headache when I went to bed.  Friday didn’t improve much.  I had a headache off and on most of the day and a bit of a sore throat.  I’d like to blame the stress from the rest of the week but it’s really probably the change in the weather since this happens every year.  And is total BS.


Quick day of deadlift.  Just one set at 325 for 6+.  Last cycle, I went 320 x 10 during this part of my programming so I really wanted to get at least 10.  But with the sinus thing kicking around, I wasn’t sure how it was going to go.  I ended up with 11.  I also learned that sinus meds plus pre-workout plus high rep deadlifts are manybe not a good combination.  I could practically feel my head vibrating by the time I was done.

This is the last week of 10s for front squat for a while (which is awesome.)  Front squats were 2 x 10 and 1 x 10+ at 160lbs (got 13 reps).    Then did snatch grip deadlifts for 4 x3 at 185, 225, 275 and 315.  I’m still struggling to keep my chest up on these so they weren’t especially fast but they felt strong.


METCOM:  3 rounds of 6-10 dumbell rows (2 x 10 @ 60lbs and 1 x 7 @70lbs), 15 kettle bell swings (32kg, 2 x 40kg) and 20 sit-ups.  The rows might be getting interesting soon since the next jump in dumbbells is to 100lbs.  Might have to use some kettlebells to kind of bridge the gap.

I should have gone home and taken a nap after all this but with the adrenaline and caffiene and meds going, I felt pretty good.  And this is part of the problem with me being only a little sick.  Because I don’t feel like crap, I have a hard time resting like I should.  So instead of going home and just hanging out around the house, I went to breakfast with my husband, ran some errands and then decided to go for a bike ride (hey, I was told there would be ice cream when we were done.)

The main lessons learned from this ride?  First, already feeling fatigued made the whole ride feel like I was pedalling through molasses.  And second, the squirrels this fall are not very bright.  I actually had one run out in front of me, stop in the middle of the trail and look at me like “Shit! It’s a bike!”  Thankfully, he hurried off on his way and I was able to swerve around him.  The one that jumped out in front of my husband and then couldn’t decide how to get off the path, wasn’t so lucky.



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