Well after the mope-fest of my previous entry my week definitely got worse, although with any luck it will get better. My boyfriend is off on business on Saturday for 5 weeks, though, so I’m already feeling a bit sad about that; however I’m joining him in Las Vegas in just over 2 weeks, so I can’t complain!
The “nudge” of my iPhone tracking my steps, which I mentioned a few entries ago, is definitely taking effect. Normally I catch the bus home from the tube or train station in an evening, but this week I’ve walked home every time; I’m now averaging 8000 steps a day (at least when I’m carrying my phone). I generally do 9-11000 on a weekday, then none at all on a Sunday (as it should be!). The walk home used to seem like a chore, but that nudge from wanting to see my step goal reached means it doesn’t any more. At least when it’s not raining.
(I reserve the right to stop walking home at any time, though.)
This week has been a 5-workout week. I’m visiting my parents at the weekend, so lifting is out, but I did 2 lifting sessions, one spin, one Pilates & one conditioning.
Volume-wise, on Monday I did 3 sets of 8 squats @ 70kg. I honestly thought my progression would be from 60kg -> 65kg, but I decided to just go for 70kg and I could do it! I mean, I know I can squat 70kg, just not 3 sets of 8, you know? Although to be fair, my 5-rep max is 80kg (or, that’s my 5-rep max when I’m in shape) so I probably shouldn’t be too surprised.
On Thursday I had intended to go up from the 42.5kg I’ve been doing on bench, but I had one of those days where it just wasn’t happening. So I did 3 sets of 8 @ 42.5kg (again) followed by 3 sets of 3 @ 40kg, all with long pauses. I think I should do more paused bench work, especially exaggerated pauses – I’ve seen other lady powerlifters say this technique has really upped their bench. Mine definitely needs help!
Conditioning this week felt hard again. I’ve been pretty disappointed with my performance in conditioning for weeks, and I’m not sure if it’s because of the toll doing volume work is having on my body. Or if I’m not recovering properly? Who knows. It’s still fun, but I can’t (for example) clean & jerk the 20kg sandbag any more (or at least not 10 times), and today I couldn’t even jerk a pair of 12kg kettlebells without wanting to barf.
Oh well, at the end of the day, cleaning & jerking sandbags or kettlebells, or sprinting or skipping or burpees are NOT my sport, and I won’t dwell on it. The referees on the platform couldn’t give a toss if I can’t do those things as well as I used to, and frankly they are all I really care about.
So for the next 2 weeks I’m home alone, and will be trying to eat more vegetables & generally store up “healthiness” (ahem) before Vegas, where I will eat ALL THE BUFFETS and not train for over a week. When I get back in April it’ll be time to start training for the London Clubs in June!