Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Night riding and finding my Total

I had a good singlespeed night ride at Harris Lake on Wednesday night.  No crashes and I'm getting better at standing climbing!  I think we ended up getting 14-15 miles although Strava swears it was 12.5!  My legs were still a little sore from Monday's back squats though making some of the climbing tough (others would say "what climbing???)

On Thursday morning, we did a 1 rep max total for back squat, press and deadlift:
Back squat 135 lbs! Woohoo! I made it to bodyweight!!!!!
Press 77 lbs, still a struggle, I could not get 80 lbs off my shoulders
Deadlift 210 lbs! I added 5 lbs since the last time I tried this a couple weeks ago. Interestingly enough, my Wendler estimates for my 1 rep max is spot on with what I achieved today - program really works for making strength gains.
I did try 215 lbs first for the deadlift and could only get up to my knees before I had to drop it.  I made three attempts and it wasn't happening.  It still amazes me how 5 lbs can be the difference between making a lift and not even budging it off the floor.  The funny thing was that Jason kept saying I needed to get pumped up and ready to attack the bar in order to make the lift- I don't know how to get pumped up.  I don't know how to get aggressive when I lift.  I think someone else told me I needed to get my angry face on in order to clear a tough section of trail while biking- also don't know how to do that.  And Jason said I needed a song to get pumped up to while I lift heavy- that I can see myself doing, now I just need to find the perfect song. 

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