I suck at recovery. And that’s not exactly news today but today was one of those days when my whole body was screaming, “Slow down and give me a break!” Everything feels a bit tired and stiff after my heavy sessions on Monday and Tuesday, and then I stayed up late last night in order to finish a presentation on otter penises. Clearly I have my priorities straight.
Anyway, after giving my presentation this evening, my brain stopped working so it was time to head to the gym.Last week I started my front squats at 145lbs. I wanted to start conservative. What the hell was I thinking? Obviously I wasn’t thinking about how heavy 155 would feel this week:
I thought I filmed all 5 squat sets but apparently not. I also threw in my light bench work at the end. I’m trying to use my lighter day to get comfortable with a long pause. We’ll see if it works.
Then I did some bench, dips, pull-downs, curls, etc. Have I mentioned that my accessory work on Wednesdays makes me feel like a bro? Even though I feel like my upper back and shoulder are some of my best looking features, I’m still weak in all those places. Coincidentally, I think they’re the muscles that the bench bros in my gym overtrain. Which might explain why my bench is so weak, though I did read a very reassuring Tony Gentilcore article today and it was reassuring to know I’m not the only lifter who doesn’t care for benching.
Actually on that note, my local fed released their 2012 rankings last week. I’m ranked for all three lifts and total. I actually laughed at the fact that my bench made it into the top five junior women – I beat myself up so badly about my bench but I’m not doing so bad. I do have some improvements to make if I want to make the rankings again in 2013, since I’m in Open now. Being a grown-up sucks.
I’ve had $7.42 in my bank account since Saturday and as a result, I’ve been eating the same three meals every day, using the staples in my pantry. This is lunch. It’s some sort of sweet potato casserole, inspired by a recipe on Mark’s Daily Apple. It’s eggs, grated sweet potato, peas, mushrooms and browned ground beef thrown together and baked. Despite the fact that it looks like cat vomit, it’s actually pretty tasty.