Tried to train today but The Barbell Gods decided it wasn’t in the cards. My left knee was especially crabby today, and of course I forgot my knee sleeves at home. I had some unable-to-ignore pain inside my knee during eccentric knee flexion. I’ve been dealing with this at a low level for a while, I think years, but don’t usually mention it because it’s usually at a manageable level compared with some of the other shit I deal with. It’s just a suck it up and lift kind of deal. But today, I started squatting and it bothered me from the first rep, and while it warmed up a little - and I did some extra warm-up sets and reps - it never felt right. Once the warm-ups got heavy, I was shifting WAY over to my right leg on the way down and couldn’t center myself no matter what I tried. Once that happened, my head was out of the game. Did some half hearted power cleans and skipped sled pushing. Feeling annoyed right now. Here’s what I did before packing it in.
45x5x3, 135x5, 225x5, 291x4, 337x3, 381x3, 405x1, 315x5
45x4, 89x3x2, 122x3, 144x3, 166x3, 188x3x2
I could feel the knee on some of the power clean set-ups, too. Interestingly, never during the rep itself. Only when bending knees to bring shin to bar during the set-up. This is something I’ve felt for a long time on the random stray DL or PC rep here and there, but not consistently like today where it happened a lot and didn’t go away.
tl;dr - I couldn’t really train today and blargh.
A bunch of technique work from the jumping position, hang below knee, and floor with: 45,89, and 111. Then 133x3x2, 155x3x2, 177x3x2, 188x3x2
Notes: Felt pretty crappy at first, like I couldn’t find a good rhythm and couldn’t consistently both hit jumping position and jump hard. Got better as it got heavier, and the 177 and 188 were, mostly, the best sets.
I also experimented with stance a bit. I think I’d like to take a wider stance, but when I do, my shins rub up against the knurling on the pull off the floor, which isn’t good. Even though I don’t get horribly scraped when wearing socks, dragging the knurled part of the bar up my shins creates a noticeable catching and slowing effect. Tried turning my toes less out and that helped a bit, but still was dragging up the knurling. I’ll have to experiment more with this.
20kg x 7 - added 5kg and one round.
Notes: The area in which to push the sled is also the main thoroughfare of the gym, which got crowded today by the time I was pushing the sled. So I had to rest longer than I wanted to for a few rounds while people casually strolled their way across the floor.