I had my last workout before the Powerlifting meet in Hudson Wisconsin.
On Sunday Maura and I got in the last of our bench pressing. Paul Balyeat brought along some weight releasers, which are way cool. I have never used weight releasers before... I can't wait to try them for squats. I did a few singles with 105lbs plus the weight releasers (16lbs/ 8 each). I also did some presses with commands. I always wonder if I would like bench press if I didn't suck at it so much...
I haven't done much for my bench press these past few months. My shoulders seam to be defective, I get painful flair ups that come out of nowhere, for seemingly no reason. According to the FMS I have impingement. I'm not sure what I am supposed to do about that. The past couple months, bench pressing has been bugging my shoulders. Thankfully, I am pain free right now.
Last night I did my opening squat and deadlift. I am feeling very strong in the squat. Here is the specifics...
~I am planning to open with 210, which felt very light and easy last night.
~I am actually planning to open with 260lbs. I goofed up on loading... oops! I have such a quick drop off in regards to breaking the floor, 255 flew up no problem.
For the rest of the week I will be doing mental training. I am working on being calm and relaxed, thinking positive thoughts... at the same time keeping volition, intensity and focus. At Raw Nationals, I was so stressed out and nervous it ruined my strength. Getting psyched out is a huge energy drainer. I refuse to let that happen this time.
I am also cutting weight. I am trying to be a little more gradual about it this time. At Raw Nationals I had to fast the last half of the day before the meet. I even had to sit in the Sauna a little bit. I really don't want that to happen this time. I was 123.5 two weeks ago. I am 126 this morning. I have a crappy scale and my weight seams to fluctuate by a couple pounds, so who knows what I truly weigh... that is it for now.