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» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)22-05-2019 @ 19:40 
jt said:Good positives, are your training plates calibrated?


Cheers Jason. No thy're not but they're pretty accurate. Never had this problem before. On reflection, I think eating takeaway food and not cooking for myself might have affected my blood sugars. I just managed a touch and go with 135 today with my own weights, so that's pretty reflective of what happened on Sunday...
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)22-05-2019 @ 15:11 
Thanks Henk

Very little energy today, so thought I would lift some stuff to get the blood flowing again.

Bench
Bar for 10
40 for 8
60 for 6
80 for 4
100 for 2
120 for 1
130 for 1
135 for 1 - just

Tried do do a volume set, but the arm really hurt and I stopped after 2, so I left it there. I'm beginning to think I might have a bug, weak as a kitten and no energy.

I'll do another half session on Friday, and start my rebuild programme on Monday, energy permitting. Might start wearing my floss band again as well, reducing the pain levels might help.
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)21-05-2019 @ 16:01 
Competition Report

At first glance, the result makes grim reading. Those following my progress will know that, before I went to Pilsen at the end of April, I managed a 147.5 bench, my comeback pb. Post Pilsen, I struggled to manage 140.

At Sunday's competition, I managed at 130 opener before failing 135 twice. On the face of it, awful, I've lost 17.5 kilos in bench power in the last month. So for the last 48 hours I've been trying to make sense of things, and here are my conclusions.

My touch and go bench has always been 5 kilos below my paused bench, so on a perfect day, I could have expected 142.5. In reality my best before I left was 140, so on the perfect day I could have expected 135. The reality was I got 130, and probably had 132.5 in me.

That was after getting up at 5.00 am on Saturday, getting to the ferry by 6.00, sailing at 7.00, getting the bus to Inverness, driving down to Glasgow, staying in a B&B and eating takeaway food before getting up early again on Sunday, driving to the venue, weighing in at 9 before lifting at 3. And all that robbed me of another 2.5, which is hardly a great surprise.

So my message to myself is don't be too despondent. I qualified for the British Equipped Bench with my opening classic lift, I have to accept that all the commentary work and travel during what should have been my peaking period has an adverse effect, but it's part of the price to pay for having the privilege of being an EPF commentator.

Also, I 'got away with' opening within 2.5 kilos of my best on the day, I won the Bench title M3, and managed a return to the platform after two years away when it might have been easier just to give up. I also renewed many old acquaintances and made new friends.

Another also - just as lifting affects my golf, so golf affects my lifting. But giving up golf to aid my lifting would diminish me, and so I'll do both as well as I can without sacrificing one for improvement in the other.

And last, but by no means least, I managed my warm up and all three lifts without any wrapping, something I couldn't have dreamed about a month or two ago. So there is definite improvement in the trapped nerve.

I know I have lots of work to do to get back to where I want to be, and Sunday was a stark reminder that the platform and the home gym are two very different beasts. But after a couple of days rest, the next phase of my recovery begins.

My overriding emotion is one of disappointment to be honest, but let's take the positives and move on. I'm back...
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)16-05-2019 @ 18:08 
My last session before Sunday's comp. I wouldn't normally train this close to a comp, but my build up (or lack thereof) has been so dreadful that it had to be done. Training tired, after golf on Tuesday and Wednesday and a lot of running around earlier. I'll be better on Sunday.

Bench
Bar for 10
40 for 8
60 for 6
80 for 4
100 for 2
120 for 1
140 for 1
130 for 2
120 for 3
110 for 4
100 for 5
Finish.

All done without the floss band. A bit of arm pain as a result, but it had to be done. Now to rest up and see what Sunday brings. I have no great hopes, just to qualify. But who knows...?
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)14-05-2019 @ 21:41 
A very active day by my recent standards. Played golf at 1.00 (won my match) then benched about 6.45.

Bar for 10
40 for 8
60 for 6
80 for 4
100 for 2
120 for 1
130 for 1
Finish.

Arms, and specially elbows, were a bit sore after golf, and although 130 wasn't right on my limit I doubt if 140 was there. On more session, Thursday lunchtime, and that's me as ready for the comp as I can be. It's been an awful build up.

Then a ninety minute dog walk. Not bad for a man who couldn't walk more than 20 yards last Thursday. Now knackered and resting up.

The good news is that the lethargy seems to have gone. Felt much better today.
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)14-05-2019 @ 21:34 
jt said:Is a bad training partner worse than no training partner?


For me, probably yes. I've got used to my own company and my own pace and get too easily distracted by s**te talk.
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)12-05-2019 @ 14:05 
Post Edited: 12.05.2019 @ 20:17 PM by Martin1956
Training on a Sunday morning, still fatigued, has to be done.

Bench
Normal warm up to 100 for 2
120 for 1
130 for 1
140 fail
100 for 9 - inside rings
100 for 10 - little finger grip
100 for 9 - third finger
100 for 9 - second finger
100 for 8 - index finger

Finish.

Not sure if strength is dropping off a cliff or I just trained at a bad time with a totally distracting training partner (there's no difference between powerlifting and weightlifting, shirts are cheating, wrist wraps are cheating, blabbers while I'm trying to psyche myself up for a set, you get the picture...)

Whatever, not looking good for next Sunday...

Edit - Went back to the garage and did my YTWLs. Was too knackered earlier. Vital to shoulder health. Might not sound like much, but it totalled 300 reps. Even more shattered now, but got the work in.
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)09-05-2019 @ 14:13 
Still feeling rough and tired, but the competition is only ten days away so needs must.

Bench
Bar for 10
40 for 8
60 for 6
80 for 4
100 for 2
Singles to commands
110 for 1
120 for 1
130 for 1
135 for 1
130 for 1 (not to commands, was meant to be the first of three)
100 for 10

Dumbbell Arm Curls
20s for 10 x 3 sets

Finish.

Commands were really tough, being unwell doesn't help of course. One day, I'll get a good lead up to a comp, but this is just about qualifying. The great news was no need to wear a floss band again. Some pain, but not enough to need the band, so that's hugely positive. I also did the 100 with 81 cm grip with no shoulder pain. So some positives for sure.
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)07-05-2019 @ 15:01 
Lots of good things about today.

Bar for 10
40 for 8
60 for 6
80 for 4
100 for 2
120 for 2
130 for 1
140 for 1
130 for 1
Finish.

No energy for reps but I got what I wanted. 12 days of not training, no supplements, tired, got a cold, and yet I still have 140 in me. Better than I could have hoped for.

Also the neck injury I picked up in my last session has just about cleared, and I was able to do the whole session without the floss band, thanks to treatment I got in Pilsen which may just have released the trapped nerve. Not counting any chickens though. I'll train again Thursday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, then doing the Scottish Masters on the 19th.

The goal is just to qualify for both British benches in 2020 (130 raw opener will qualify me for both) but picking up a new Scottish record would be nice too. I had higher goals, but I always come back from a commentary gig tired, weak and ill. I blame the air on planes - perfect germ sharing environment...
» An old, fat fool starts a log. Hope no-one minds (Go to post)25-04-2019 @ 13:20 
Fatpete said:Many thanks for the good wishes and the poem (which is also quite well known in the UK). I am still on holiday although the passing of the days is accelerating and I feel I will be back at work in no timeUnhappy

Tonight is squats and physio and more rest. It is now almost nine and I have not been out of bed an hour yet, I could so get used to this.


Talking of passing of days, is retirement imminent or on the back burner for a while yet?
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)25-04-2019 @ 13:16 
Thick blue band bench. Last one before I head out to Pilsen for the European Championships

Warm up to 80 for 4 without the band
Thick blue band on (adds about 35-40)
40 for 5
60 for 4
80 for 3
100 for 2
110 for 1
120 - fail
120 - fail
100 for 3
Finish.

A bit disappointing, I really wanted the 120, but not today. First time, I unracked it, and almost locked it (managed to get the left side back into the rack). Cue the old argument that I did a complete rep, but just in the wrong order. But I'm not taking that. I felt my left trap really tight after my first set of 100 for 3 and decided to let discretion be the better part of valour. So not quite 120, but I couldn't have been any closer and not got it.

Now for a frantically busy afternoon and evening, and a very early ferry tomorrow morning.
» An old, fat fool starts a log. Hope no-one minds (Go to post)23-04-2019 @ 12:49 
Happy birthday my young friend, many more. Grin
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)22-04-2019 @ 13:56 
Bench 3s today, supposedly. I spent yesterday holed up in the dark with a migraine, and had to train early because I have lots to do today, and I worried if I would be able to do anything. We can but try...

Bench
Usual warm up to 80 for 4
100 for 2
110 for 2
120 for 2
130 for 2
140 for 2 - comeback pb.
135 for 2
132.5 for 2
130 for 1
130 for 3

Reverse Curls
20 for 10 x 5 sets

Finish

Delighted to get a pb on a day when I nearly gave training a miss. Three with 137.5 (which should have been today's target) was never there after the 140, so I dropped to 135, which would have equalled my 3s pb. Got 2, failed the third close to lockout.

I did the whole session without the floss band, apart from the 130 for 3. The arm really hurt on the 130, so I stopped after 1, was tempted to leave it, but went back and got my 3. On the whole, real happy with what I did today, especially without the floss band. Life in the old dog yet...
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)19-04-2019 @ 16:01 
Yesterday and today were chalk and cheese. I was still a little sluggish and creaky when I started, but that soon wore off, decent energy levels returned, and a decent session ensued. I think the lesson here (why am I still learning lessons at my age when I've been doing this so long?) is not to bench the day after golf if possible.

Seated Rows
75 for 10 x 7 sets
75 for 20
(2 sets with each grip)

Lat Pulldowns
60 for 10 x 5 sets

Facepulls
30 for 15 x 3 sets

Side Lateral Raises
7.5s for 20 x 3 sets

Then band work...

Waistpulls for 20 x 3 sets
YWTLs for 20 x 5 different movements x 3 sets each (15 sets).

Hard work, good session, having a bite to eat and a protein shake before walking the dogs.
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)18-04-2019 @ 16:04 
A profoundly disappointing session today. Supposedly Bench 5s. First the numbers, then the excuses/reasons/mitigating factors.

Normal warm up without strapping to 80 for 4, then floss band on
100 for 2
110 for 2
120 for 2
130 for 2
140 for 1
127.5 for 3
125 for 2
Finish.

The weights felt excruciatingly heavy on the way up, so I feared for my 5s, and the fears proved well founded. Not sure if it was yesterday's golf, plus running a quiz afterwards, then watching the recorded football and not getting to bed until after 2? Or an hour in the dentist's chair this morning? Or that the garage felt like a greenhouse (the clear roof panels have that effect)? But I was tired when I started and wiped out when I finished.

It should have been 5s with 127.5, 125 and 122.5 today. I did all I could, but after only managing 2 with 125 I knew my race was run for the day. Resting for an hour, then I'll take the dogs out, and maybe do some arm work later if I get a burst of energy. If...

The only good news is that I still managed 140, and if I can do it feeling like this, what can I do on a good day?

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