Saturday, 29 September
For my records, I'm ending cycle 28. Cycle 29 will be evaluation, testing, rehab, general mucking around of the routine.
After my bench and chin session 5 days ago, I was more sore than I have been in years. I have some chronic low back soreness, which I blame on posture, habits, sitting in my recliner, my bed, and maybe some contribution from my lifting. This usually is worst when I get up in the morning, and resolves by mid-morning, only occasionally lasting into the afternoon. It has never lasted through to a lifting session. I'd even had an extra day off before Monday (because of on-call responsibilities). Ordinarily, I would have started a new cycle with 2 days rest, but on Thursday I still didn't feel right. Friday I was on call, so I couldn't lift, and still had my doubts about Saturday. But I woke up this morning with minimal soreness, and within a couple of hours was feeling really good.
Thing is, I'm not always sure what lifts really affect my back. It seems odd to me, but my day#4 (bench weighted chins and press) is often worse than either DL or squat day.
So here's the plan. I'm going to do only one lift a day, alternating upper and lower lifts for a few days, with some days off on a sort of ad lib basis, trying to assess which lifts bother me the most. It may well be a cumulative thing, so this may not tell me everything, but it should leave me better able to plan a new routine.
Today I deadlifted. I decided to go up to a few heavy singles, no big volume. So I worked up to 335, and got to wondering what was that new PR I set a few months ago. I thumbed back through my notes, and found that 335 was my PR. So I threw 10 more on the bar and pulled it again! Then I backed off to about 905 of that, pulled one more and went home. Right now I feel great. We'll see how it is in the morning after a night on the bed from the nether regions.
Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter.--Francis Chan