Competition prep: week 1 day 2

Monday’s workout left me – predictably – pretty sore, so I wasn’t looking forward to workout 2, which promised more squats at 70% + chains. Eurgh. However, when I got there my coach told me to just do squats at 70%, forget the chains.

At first I was annoyed, because I want to follow his program to the letter and get as strong as possible; but then I realised that writing this program is a learning process for him, too, and he’s not going to know in advance how well I’ll handle each workout. It’s his prerogative to adjust things as we go along, not only to help me but to keep me safe & reduce the chance of injuries.

I guess this is the BIG advantage of working with a coach as opposed to following a book or website program – things can be tailored as we go along, according to how you feel; nothing is set in stone & rigid. The more we both learn from this program, the better he can write the next program and so forth. From a web development point of view, it’s very iterative 🙂

  • Squats: worked up to 3 sets of 5 @ 65kg (70%) focussing on depth & form
  • Seated band curls, 3 sets of 12
  • Bench press: worked up to 3 sets of 5 @ 40kg (80%)
  • Dumbbell floor press: 3 sets of 10 @ 12.5kg (pausing at the bottom of each rep)
  • Skullcrushers: 3 sets of 7 with a 17.5kg Z-bar
  • Hammer curls: 3 sets of 10 @ 8kg
  • Side bends, standing abs

On Tuesday night I got quite sick very rapidly, with crippling stomach cramps & vomiting. It really came out of nowhere & left me shaken, to the point where I called NHS 111 because I was on my own & not sure what was happening. I didn’t eat anything out of the ordinary that day (protein pancakes, grapes, carrots, chicken & mashed potatoes, a protein cookie).

Luckily most of the pain had gone by the next morning, but I’ve been left with an unhappy and sensitive-feeling stomach ever since. For the last 3 weeks or so I’ve been trying to eat more vegetables & avoiding wheat, and to be frank it’s left me feeling not great. I’ve been having dizzy spells in the afternoon, and now this horrible stomach episode.

I had pasta for dinner on Wednesday night, in the hope that it would soothe my stomach a bit. I realise this is contrary to what pretty much every nutritionist/food “expert” is saying right now but honestly, I just wanted something nice & easy to digest, not yet more Brussels sprouts or celery. Then last night I had pizza & garlic bread. Today I feel better, although my tummy still feels a bit like a worked-out muscle (that’s really the only way I can describe it!)

So, I might stop avoiding wheat so fervently. Yes, I know, Mark Sisson may appear any moment and give me a hard stare for flouting the Divine Rules of food, but I obviously can tolerate wheat, so why not eat it. I seriously think trying to get most of my lunchtime carbs from veg isn’t working for me (obviously I’ve still been having oats for breakfast & potatoes/rice in the evenings). Sorry, paleos!

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