I’m exhausted. But I still PR’d.
The past some weeks have been non-stop for me, and I’m exhausted. Non-stop life/work, lots of stress, and I’m pretty much at the end of my rope. I’m still in generally good spirits, I’m just out of gas and fucks to give. I didn’t want to go to the gym today because my body is screaming for rest. Well, good thing next week is deload.
Coupled with that, my right knee and hamstring aren’t feeling hot this morning. I’m not sure why as it’s out of the blue, but it doesn’t feel like anything to get alarmed about (a little massage, a little stretching, I expect I’ll be fine). So I opted to just go in, squat, and leave. If I felt better as I went along I’d do more, but I didn’t.
So I just squated, but since I knew I wouldn’t even do the 20-rep set (why dig my recovery hole any deeper), I opted to go ahead and push for a PR on the top set.
I’m glad I did, as I set a new PR: 5 reps @ 305. I had certainly 1 and maybe 2 more in the tank as well.
What I especially was happy about was how good it felt. “300” keeps screwing with my head, but this helped me continue to break down that mental wall because it’s like “hey, I’m repping 300 pretty easily”. The coming weeks will see me getting more into the 300’s for work vs. just being some tip-top thing that I barely touch. In other words, 300’s are becoming normal. And I’m digging that.
So, wasn’t quite the day I wanted, but given the weeks of stress and shit, capping off with a new 5RM is alright.
Next week deload, along with reduced food intake. I’m struggling on the fat-loss, the stress probably isn’t helping. So I hope that spending the next 10 days or so purely on “off day” intake ought to help a bit. Then it’ll be back into the next 6-week cycle, which I’m looking forward to as I’m going to continue to push myself a little further.
Based upon 5/3/1 for Powerlifting, off-season for mass
- bar x whatever
- 135 x 5
- 160 x 5
- 190 x 3
- 240 x 5
- 270 x 3
- 305 x 5 (new 5RM PR)