Sunday, February 18, 2007

The End of a Bad Week and the Start of a New One...

Last week was bad, really of the worst I've experienced in a long time. In fact, the last two weeks have been really bad. I'm going on a cruise on Wednesday with my wife to Cozumel. We both need to get away. Life has been too hectic.

Today is the culmination of the really bad stuff. Woke up at 630am to go to the bathroom. Felt great, especially after yesterday's training session. Went back to bed. About 730am went to roll over to the right from lying on my back when my SI area seized up. Talk about painful! It's doing better right now--I can sit without pain and can bend over with discomfort. Earlier, I couldn't even bend over. My wife says my SI function has improved since this morning.

I'm trying to figure out what caused this. The only thing I can think of is I mixed dairy and wheat together the last three nights--something I rarely do anymore. Cheeseburgers on Thursday night; a whole 18 inch pizza--minus one slice--on Friday night; and a roast beef sandwich with pepper jack cheese and whole milk last night. My stomach's rumbling right now just writing this.

I've been pounding the enzymes all day and they seem to be helping--that and the ground beef and broccoli I had for lunch. I've also been doing lots of Z all day.

Yesterday's training session was simple. I need to get the volume up in the front squat and hit some higher reps (greater than 3) to pack some meat on my body--especially my toothpicks.

Saturday, 2.17.07

Front Squat: Ladders: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

110kg/3 ladders from 1-5

Rest was approx 15 secs between set 1 and 2
...30secs between 2 and 3
...60 seconds between 3 and 4
...90 seconds between 4 and 5
And 3 minutes between ladders.

Felt good. New eye position held until the last ladder. Struggled to hold the eyes so I shut it down after the third ladder. Legs felt strong, which of course they should, because the weight was light. I was just trying to use the appropriate weight for those sets of 5...Right VMO was really cooking and the whole right leg felt more taxed than the left one. Goal will be of course 5 ladders, and then I'll add 10kg and start over. If I can do this with 160kg, I'll be sitting pretty (or squatting pretty, whichever the case may be...).

Took Friday and Thursday off. Flooded my brand new kitchen Wednesday night so I was waiting on the "dryer guy" on Thursday who was of course supposed to show up during my training time. Of course, he was an hour late. Friday, I was so stressed from the previous two days that all I did was Z--body was too wound up to do anything else. Not only that, I've been without heat in my new studio except for a space heater a client lent me. The furnace has a cracked heat exchanger according to the gas company guy. Fun, fun, fun...

Wednesday's training session was cut due to time, stress, and fatigue.

Wed. 12.14.07

A. Power Snatch from above knee:
50kg/2 x2
(70kg/2, 80/3, 90/2) x 5
These felt slow and the 90 felt awkward--very unusual.
Shoulders also hurt deep inside. Some sets were ok, some weren't.

B. Power Clean from floor + Power Jerk
90/2 x2
100/2, 110/2, 120/1
Cut it--felt slow, tired, and mentally drained. It had been a long, long day. Thank God for homeowner's insurance.

It'll be interesting to see how the day ends and how I'll feel tomorrow.


Blogger Mark Reifkind said...

man and you wonder why your back hurts? thats a pretty HUGE freaking load you be carrying around bro. business break ups and new business starts are some of the most stressfuls things you can do in life.
the carbs are definitely not great for inflammation imo but I think you've got to sarno your back a bit too.
been there, done that with the no heat in the new studio thing, lots of fun when you're trying to impress the new clients too.
you'll get through and the vaca in some nice warm weather is a GREAT idea.
go find some sand and relax. :))

10:26 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Sorry to read this Geoff. Hope things settle down. I was going to write what Rif said - Sarno it a bit. You have a lot of stresses going on by the sound of it. Think them through a bit. Pray them through too (think you indicated you were a Christian some time back?)

6:09 AM  
Blogger Geoff Neupert said...

Thanks for the reminder, fellas.

Feeling much better today. Lots of reflective time yesterday. Lots of stuff going on inside. I guess that is a lot to be doing in such a short period of time--that's the conclusion I came to yesterday, anyway.

I tend to beat myself up for all that I haven't accomplished instead of just taking a breather and saying "thank you."

Had a client walk in today very impressed with the place--so that's good.

Thanks again for the encouragement.

5:12 PM  

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