This week, not only did I train with competition in mind, but I also discovered the Pixlr app for my phone, so now all my images have borders and filters! Sorry! I’ll get bored soon!
I’ve decided that cycling 30 miles a day, even only 3 days a week, is too much as I’m too knackered to be able to lift as much as I need to. So, I’ve started cycling half way to Putney. That way, if I need to go to the gym then I’m in the right place!
So this is how the week’s training looked:
Rest. It wasn’t a planned rest day, but it was nice to have! I’d had a shitty day at work and just really wanted to mope a bit. Yes I gave in to self-pity. I did cycle to and from Putney though!
After my crappy day at work on Monday I decided to harness the power of the unicorn to make Tuesday a fuck load better.
That evening I trained with Tara. Time for some deadlift PBs!
- Axle deadlift:
- 110kgx0.75 – couldn’t lock out! So frustrating!!
- 110kgx1!! PB!! WOOHOO!!
- Sumo deadlifts:
- 107.5kgx1 PB!
- Bent rows
- 45kgx5 PB!
- Chin ups (unassisted) – alternated with pull ups
- Pull ups (unassisted) – alternated with pull ups
- 3 (and a bit…couldn’t quite get my chin above the bar but was sooooo close!)
- 1 (and a bit…again, couldn’t get my bloody chin above the bar!)
Tara and I like to keep it classy with our post-workout din-dins, so this week we had dinner at GBK. I wanted the buffalo burger but they didn’t have any left. Gutted. But hey ho. It was nice nonetheless.
Wednesday – first 1:1 training session with Mike, a Strongman trainer
Another shitty day at work. What I wanted to do was go home and eat chocolate. I didn’t. I dragged my self-pitying arse to the gym and worked hard. Well, I’d arranged a proper training session so I would’ve lost out big-time if I’d given in!
If you read Tara’s blog, you’ll know she trains with her coach, Mike, fairly regularly. I figured I’d better have a few sessions with him before the competition and it’s not really fair to expect Tara to train me.
I didn’t write every set of every exercise down as I didn’t get chance. We focused on overhead pressing and Mike made me work on my technique, which resulted in a massive lump and bruise on my chin and an even bigger bruise on my collar bone!! We covered:
- Leg press
- Axle press
- Cleans and continental cleans
- Overhead press with a keg
Being the Billy-No-Mates that I am, I had dinner on my own at Nando’s: double chicken breast burger (medium spice) with extra pineapple and a corn on the cob.
This was my team Christmas dinner so it was a rest day. No cycling. No lifting. Just food:
I couldn’t be bothered to cycle at all so I didn’t. I wish I had: the trains were buggered. Work was significantly better today – well I ended up taking half the day off so there wasn’t time for anything to go tits up.
Like you do on a Friday night, I squatted 🙂
- Squats (5/3/1)
- Bench press (5/3/1)
- 20kg x5
- Trap bar deadlifts
- 101.75kgx1 (should’ve been 101kg but I forgot to change the plates on one end because I’m an idiot!!!)
- 102.5kgx1 PB!
- Front squats
- 62.5kgx1 PB!
- 65kgx0 😦
Ahhh rest day. I even managed a bit of a lie-in. WOOHOO! I was going out for dinner that evening with my friend Juliette so I thought I’d have a massive breakfast and only eat a small amount during the day.
Juliette and I went to Great Queen Street where I had roast partridge for the first time. It was pretty yummy. We also shared a dessert (to lessen the guilt)! Can’t really go wrong with anything chocolate!
No training with Tara today (we’re training on Monday instead) so I had another lie-in! Woohoo! Precious, precious sleep!
I woke up fancying something sweet so I thought I’d make myself some protein pancakes. They were fucking awesome!
- 50g low fat cottage cheese
- 30g milk protein powder (I used The Protein Works Milk Concentrate 80 Chocolate Smooth)
- 2 whole eggs
- 25g rolled oats
Stick the ingredients in a blender and blitz.
Melt a few grams of coconut oil in a frying pan and cook as you would any other pancake!
I layered mine with Nutella and crunchy peanut butter (I used Whole Earth organic)
I thought I’d better do something today otherwise there would’ve been a few too many rest days this week (and I’m already feeling lazy for not cycling on Friday…)
- Rack pulls
- 120kgx0 FAIL 😦
- 115kgx1 PB!
- Front squats
- 63.75kgx1 PB! (This should’ve been 62.5kg but I put the wrong plate on one end! I am an idiot!)
- 65kgx0 FAIL 😦
- Pull ups
- 4.5 – couldn’t quite get my chin above the bar on the last rep but I was sooooo close
And that’s this week. I’m really looking forward to next week. Are more PBs in store?