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Eye of the Tiger and other Rocky references

It’s less than one week till the meet!

My SI joint and rhomboid have been coming along. I started hitting the heavier weights again this past Sunday.

Today’s workout, my husband had me do power snatches and power clean and jerks. My technique felt fantastic; it’s hard to explain other than I was just hitting the lifts in the right spot each time. The bar’s trajectory and acceleration was just perfect.

Now, comes the fun part .. the stay focused/eye of the tiger/be tough part … not getting seriously injured, staying-on weight, keeping proper intensity in workouts, and controlling the mental anticipation until Saturday.

In terms of te competition:
I’m so excited. I just want to go out there and hit some Personal Records. I am prepared, I’m strong, and I just have to do it. EXECUTE!

As I get closer to the meet, I’ll really need to keep focused on my lifting. I think that mental aspect is the key to having a good day. Eliminate unnecessary stress, like the snow storm that’s supposed to hit New England Thursday…I’ll just have to get to the airport real early on Friday.

Apocolypse averted

Yes, my training has been going awesome again. See below.

About a week ago an old injury from someone rear-ending my car flared-up. Ughh my rhomboid was so tight, I couldn’t turn my head. We had to scale back training quite a bit.

I saw my DR last week, and I’m still on —USA Anti-doping approved for in and out of competition use— prescriptions. Yeah, my back like REALLY hurt.

Also, to aid recovery, I did combination of icing and steam bathes. I’m working on getting some extra sleep this week… I say working on getting sleep because I have 2 team STAMP analysis’s due for my MIT class next week. More specifically, one project is for NASA’a Europa space mission, and each team in the class is to repirt their analysis out to NASA engineers. Out of professional respect as well as wanting to get an “A” in this class, my team and I do not intend on slacking on this assignment, rather more likely we plan on being “team overacheiver” for next week.

Anyhow, my injury seems to be calming down a bit. I’ll squeeze in a physical therapy session before the meet per Dr’s orders.

Landmines and goldmines

First the goldmine: Yesterday, I had an awesome workout. I did a slew of doubles with 80kg in the front squat, followed by more doubles at 70. …And it was light!! … And I was tired ( it was after 9PM, long story)!

I haven’t front squatted 80kg, so easily, since I weighed 69kg. Yes, I used to compete at a weight class 30 lbs heavier than I am now.In terms of bodyweight, I was on weight again this morning.

Still, sometimes I wonder if I spend more time focusing on my bodyweight than my lifting technique. .. and hence I’ll segway into today’ds potential landmine:

Today my co-workers and I are taking our manager out for a farewell lunch.
Engineer Farewell Lunch: engineer/professional ritual occurring when manager and/or
co-worker moves to a different group with in or leaves the company. The group takes leaving party out to lunch (group= organization within co. structure).
My theory is that we are really creating a sort of ” Free-lunch Kharma” – what goes around
comes around. In this case, gourmet food.

So why is this a potential landmine?
Restuarant food is a total blackbox. I could order something “grilled” and still wind-up eating a days worth of calories in 1 meal (1200 calories)!

Fortunately, We are:
A. Not going to a chain restaurant -> higher quality food = less calories
B. Going to a trendy Thai place = lower cal, small portions, spicy

On top of this, my kind co-workers brought in boxes of Bakery quality muffins and cinnomin rolls — Not the “partially-hydrogenated-transfat chain donut place ” kind, in front of me are “the New Englander, family-owned since 1901 bakery” kind of pastries. All I can say is, I got a mug of green tea and 1/4 protein bar to stave me over till lunch.

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