Tired beyond belief this week, but thank fuck it’s only a four-day week this week, oh and next week!
The competition fear has also started to settle in. I really want to qualify for the finals, and after last Sunday’s epic pressing fail, I just don’t know whether it’s really feasible!
In terms of making weight, I’ve lost well over 1kg this week so hopefully I’ll have plenty of leeway for next week.
Anyway, here’s my last heavy week of training before the England’s Strong Women Championship qualifier!!
Monday 14th April
Monday morning: woke up feeling like it should be Friday morning. My eyes were so heavy!
My hips were also incredibly tight and sore. It’s really quite worrying to be honest and I need to start doing some stretching – and maybe some yoga – to work on the flexibility.
I was worried about squats so kept them fairly light, although I couldn’t allow myself to squat less than bodyweight, so I did one set at 65kg. It was a short session…
- 20kgx10, 10
- 60kgx5, 5
- Dumbbell step ups (17″ step):
- 15kgx10, 10, 10
- Pull throughs:
- 50kgx15, 15
Tuesday 15th April
Seriously, how is it only Tuesday? Too tired. Here’s stuff:
- Bench press:
- 10, 10, 10
- Pull ups:
- 5 (and 1 negative), 5, 5
- Sprints – 30x20m sprints:
- 2 single lengths
- 1×2 lengths (40m)
- 5×4 lengths (80m)
- 2×2 lengths (40m)
- 4 minute 12kg kettlebell swing Tabata:
- 14 2-arm swings x4
- 6 1-arm swings x4
Wednesday 16th April
Other than walking, I did no exercise today. I had some leaving drinks to go to – which is only ever a diet coke so no empty calories to worry about.
Thursday 17th April
Last day at work this week! Woohoo! Work went so fucking slowly though. Please…I just need some rest!
I tried to do a bit of geeky reading before bed, but after a few pages, I had to crash. I was being dragged around Westfield in Shepherd’s Bush in the morning, so an early night probably wasn’t a bad idea.
My deadlifts are really pissing me off! 90kg and 95kg come off the floor beautifully. 100kg is ugly and my back rounds way too much. Tonight, I feel like giving up this strength stuff completely!
- 100kgx3, 3 – these are not good! GAH!!
- Bent-over barbell rows:
- 50kgx8, 8, 8, 8
- Lat pull downs (because I couldn’t face pull ups!!):
- #7×10, 10, 10, 10
- Farmer’s holds:
- 33kgx20 secs
- 53kgx20 secs
- 63kgx20 secs, 43 secs
Friday 18th April
Weigh-in: 62.4kg! BOOM! Not too shabby. Just need to lose a little bit more, just to be on the safe side for next week.
The training buddies and I spent SIX HOURS (!!) at Westfield wandering around the shops. I got a few nice things, but a certain training buddy put my shopping to shame!
That six hours did include lunch at Cabana. Mmmm…spicy chicken!
Oh, and the inevitable stop for frozen yoghurt.
I ended up having a cheat day which I certainly don’t deserve. I couldn’t stop shoving the sweet stuff in my face! Hey ho. I’ve got a week to make up for it…
Saturday 19th April
Weight: 63.1kg. Oops. Shouldn’t have had that cheat day! Oh well.
Couldn’t face Super-girl this morning – my hips are really quite unhappy and pushing a prowler etc. wouldn’t do me any good. I did some HIIT on the spin bike instead as my hips seem OK with that kind of motion.
- HIIT on the spin bike (fasted):
- 5 minute warm up
- 20x 30sec intervals at 32mph
- 20x 30sec rest periods at 12mph
- 5 minute stretch
Sunday 20th April
Wasn’t sure what to do today in terms of pressing: do I attempt max reps at 35kg again (after last week’s epic fail) or should I just do 30kg? I went for it and was rewarded with 8 reps!! WOOHOO! So pleased. Let’s hope I’m on this kind of form on Saturday!
- Log clean and press:
- 30kgx5, 5
- 35kgx8 – max reps in 60 seconds WOOHOO!!! PB!!!
- 30kgx12 – max reps in 60 seconds
- Band-resisted push press:
- 20kgx10 (no bands)
- 25kgx5, 5
- Overhead lockouts:
- 30kgx5, 5, 5
Of course, then there was breakfast. I went for something different again: smoked salmon and scrambled eggs. So yummy. I find eggs rancheros a bit too much sometimes, and I really couldn’t face it today. Plus, I’ve got weight to lose!!
Over breakfast, Anna convinced me to try competing in powerlifting in July. It looks like that might actually happen…
The first England’s qualifier took place in Southampton today and watching the videos on Facebook has scared the crap out of me! Why am I doing this to myself?!?!
So next week is a bit of a wind-down before the comp but I’ve got to ramp up the cardio in a last minute, desperate attempt at weight loss!
Enjoy your week. Hopefully I’ll be reporting good comp news next Sunday!