Stitches out as of this morning. The area of the incision is still slightly irritated but nothing that should prevent me from doing anything. Doc said it takes up to a year to fully & completely heal, and I should put SPF 30 sunscreen on it before going outside or else the scar area will darken. I probably won’t, because I don’t really care enough to devote what little mental energy I have to spare to remembering to put on sunscreen before going outside for an entire year. Fuck that noise. Scars are cool.
Ramped back up today but still easing my way back in.
45x5x2, 133x5, 199x5, 265x5, 309x5, 353x5
Notes: Put belt on for 309 and 353. Not because I needed to, but to re-acclimate to wearing the belt. Back to the 4th hole, too, which is good. I had it on the third for a bit there, and there’s no reason I need to carry enough bf right now to have it on the third hole. All reps were easy and explosive.
45x5, 111x5, 155x5, 199x3, 243x5, 265x5x2
Notes: I’ve been putting my index finger about 1.5 inches outside the smooth for these; felt a bit odd at the heavier sets so moved it out an inch for the final set at 265. Felt a bit less odd. I’ll experiment with my regular grip on Thursday, see how my shoulder reacts. By now it’s been about 2.5 weeks since I’ve benched with a regular grip, and the only benching I’ve done in the meantime has been the very, very light stuff with close grip. Hopefully that will prove to have been enough rest for my achey breakey left shoulder.
45x5, 89x5, 133x3, 155x5, 177x5x2, 133x10
Notes: I really have a love/hate thing going with the press. I feed and water it so lovingly - since I started pressing regularly in 2008, not a training week has gone by where I haven’t barbell pressed at least once. More often twice, sometimes even thrice. I enjoy it SO much more than the bench press. Yet, I’m mediocre at it (relative to my other lifts), and it goes down so quickly when left alone for reasons beyond my control. DAMN YOU, PRESS, I CAN’T HELP BUT LOVE YOU BUT ALL YOU DO IS CAUSE ME PAIN!
177 felt way, way harder than I expected. Not actually hard, but if we were RPEing it, I’d put it at a 7.5 or 8, whereas I expected it to be a 6. Relatively speaking, it’s roughly equivalent to the 353 squat I did today, which was much, much easier in comparison. Bah. I hate you, press. But I also love you. So I’ll be back.
Notes: Threw the 6 in there just to get used to some more volume without overdoing it. Could’ve done 8x4.
Cable Ext Sh. Rotations