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YAY! I got through the last challenge! It has been ages since I did that.

 

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Background

 

I've only got a few days of this challenge before the British Classic next Saturday. Not feeling hugely confident about moving up the rankings (and I certainly won't win) but I'm going to go in and give it my best shot.

 

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After that, I'm taking a few days off to go and chill out with the husband and when I get back it's straight into focusing on training for the Commonwealths.

 

I have an ongoing glute issue which causes me a lot of pain but doesn't seem to stop me lifting. 

 

My current competition bests are:

 

  • Squat 132.5kg
  • Bench 72.5kg
  • Deadlift 135kg
  • Total 340kg (364.64 Wilks)

As usual, no lifting goals because I leave my programming up to my coach and there won't be any bonus points for records this time around because Tanky moved the 63kg Scottish records up just a tiny bit! Nice to have a new goal rather than just aiming to beat myself.

 

Major events on the horizon:

  • 19 September - British Classic
  • 20 September - Sitting watching the 72kg-84kg+ girls lifting at the British Classic whilst eating ALL THE THINGS
  • 21-24 September - On holiday with husband... will be largely offline
  • 2-3 October - Two weddings on consecutive days
  • 30 November-6 December - Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships (lifting on 2 December)

 

Chill out and sleep!

 

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This is kind of a two part thing. Firstly, I still need to get more sleep. Secondly, I need to carve out chill-out time with my husband.

 

So the goal continues from last time to get 7h30m a night of sleep but I'm going to do this on a cumulative scoring basis (because it seemed awesome when other people were doing it last time and might help me keep track). So I'll give myself +1 if I get 7h sleep and +1.5 for 7h30m and +2 for 8h or more.

 

I'm also going to give myself +3 points for having a date of some shape or form with my husband whether that's going to the movies or just a long, romantic walk or even an impromptu trip to the ice cream parlour. 

 

I'm aiming to be entirely offline whilst I'm away with Grant from 21-24 September... not sure I'll manage that but in the meantime:

 

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Goal is +50 overall for this and I'll give myself +3 CON and +2 WIS for achieving that.

 

Stop being so gorram competitive!

 

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There is absolutely nothing I can do about how other people's lifts, so I need to stop worrying about competing with them and just beat them by being awesome in and of myself (well, 'cept for Kelli Thor Clarke... because there's no way I'm beating her!).

 

I need to work out how I'm going to progress with this but the main aim is to worry about my own lifts than anyone else's and stop bitching about people who get on my nerves. I also need to know when to step away from a fight.

 

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This is going to be a weird one, so I'm going to do a cumulative score on how many days I can get through without Googling other girls in my weight class at the Commonwealths to see how I am likely to match up to them. I'll give myself +1 for every day I don't Google my rivals or stalk them on social media (checking out their videos if we're friends doesn't count).

 

I'm also going to give myself a +1 when I step away from a fight rather than digging in and -1 for when I get sucked in.

 

Target of 35 points... because I know I won't manage to be good every day. +3 WIS and +2 CHA for this.

 

Ma bam's sair!

 

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My glute injury doesn't seem to be going away and I can't afford to go the whole hog and see a specialist about it (physios don't seem to be able to help). So for the time being, I'm going to keep a detailed log of things I've done and pain levels and see if I can work out what makes it better and worse. 

 

So far, lifting doesn't seem to be the main problem, but some movements may be exacerbating it (i.e. A2G squats). Doing Lizard in yoga is a major issue, so I need to just skip that when it comes up. 

 

I'll try to be honest about the pain levels. They do get pretty high (i.e. yesterday I was crawling around on the floor howling because they were so bad) but they're usually manageable if I'm not stupid (i.e. I remember to take my painkillers and not do stupid shizz). 

 

So another cumulative score here with +1 for every day I keep a detailed log of pain levels and activities and +2 for any noticeable correlations found.

 

Goal +35 with a score of +2 CON, +2 WIS and +1 DEX for completion.

 

Wanna wish me luck?

 

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Wanna wish me luck?

 

 

Heck ya!!!  First!!!

 

 

 

Stop being so gorram competitive!

 

But competing is so much fun!

 

 

 

  • 19 September - British Classic

 

One more week!  Timing based on the position of the moon is good for you, by the way.  I am not going to drop a moon smiley here just yet in case it comes out bad.

 

 

 

Sitting watching the 72kg-84kg+ girls lifting at the British Classic whilst eating ALL THE THINGS

 

Yay!!!  MFPvP!!!!!

 

 

 

  • Squat 132.5kg

 

An early good luck to you!

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Heck ya!!!  First!!!

YAY! Wondered if you might be!

 

But competing is so much fun!

 

It is until I'm sitting crying because I think I'm rubbish because I'm not going to win or feeling down because I'm overlooked.

I need to focus on my own awesome and not feel down because other people are awesome or because I feel like I can't be as awesome as they are.

I just need to worry about me, which is what both my coach and Tanky have been trying to beat into me for ages and it hasn't sunk in.

One more week!  Timing based on the position of the moon is good for you, by the way.  I am not going to drop a moon smiley here just yet in case it comes out bad.

 

Yup, it's great next Saturday and horrible for the Commonwealths from the looks of things... but I'm also getting a new coil in October which may throw timings off.

Yay!!!  MFPvP!!!!!

 

Hell yeah! There will be strawberry sparkling wine, chocolate tarts, doughnuts, ice cream and curry!

An early good luck to you!

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It is until I'm sitting crying because I think I'm rubbish because I'm not going to win or feeling down because I'm overlooked.

I need to focus on my own awesome and not feel down because other people are awesome or because I feel like I can't be as awesome as they are.

I just need to worry about me, which is what both my coach and Tanky have been trying to beat into me for ages and it hasn't sunk in.

 

 

I think this is important and something that took me a long time to get over, and getting over it has completely changed my outlook and feelings on lifting and competing.  

 

It's also one of the big reasons why I stopped competing in CrossFit (you leave those competitions always with a feel of "i SHOULD HAVE pushed a little harder" or "if I had just gotten 1 more rep I could have moved up in the placings"). I'd just beat myself up over it constantly. It's much easier with powerlifting to focus on yourself and your personal records, while celebrating the achievements of others.

 

I'm still insanely competitive - but more with myself.  It helps that over here the 72kg girls are benching 250 and squatting 450-500+ so my only focus CAN be myself, because there's no chance of winning anytime soon :)

 

Your numbers are your numbers, and lots of blood, sweat, and tears goes into achieving them - so they are something to be proud of, but your placings do not define you. And just because someone else goes in and lifts more at that meet, that does not make you "worse" than they are and it doesn't discredit any of the work you put into it. It just means that on that day they were able to lift more than you. 

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It is until I'm sitting crying because I think I'm rubbish because I'm not going to win or feeling down because I'm overlooked.

I need to focus on my own awesome and not feel down because other people are awesome or because I feel like I can't be as awesome as they are.

I just need to worry about me, which is what both my coach and Tanky have been trying to beat into me for ages and it hasn't sunk in.

I was going to say something here, but I think Spezzy said it pretty nicely above.

Even if you aren't the best, you're still pretty freaking awesome!

 

Hell yeah! There will be strawberry sparkling wine, chocolate tarts, doughnuts, ice cream and curry!

MMMmmmmmmmmmm. *heavy breathing*

I'm glad I can eat like this now and actually use the excuse "shut-up, I'm bulking" when people give me crap

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I think this is important and something that took me a long time to get over, and getting over it has completely changed my outlook and feelings on lifting and competing.  

 

It's also one of the big reasons why I stopped competing in CrossFit (you leave those competitions always with a feel of "i SHOULD HAVE pushed a little harder" or "if I had just gotten 1 more rep I could have moved up in the placings"). I'd just beat myself up over it constantly. It's much easier with powerlifting to focus on yourself and your personal records, while celebrating the achievements of others.

 

I'm still insanely competitive - but more with myself.  It helps that over here the 72kg girls are benching 250 and squatting 450-500+ so my only focus CAN be myself, because there's no chance of winning anytime soon :)

 

Your numbers are your numbers, and lots of blood, sweat, and tears goes into achieving them - so they are something to be proud of, but your placings do not define you. And just because someone else goes in and lifts more at that meet, that does not make you "worse" than they are and it doesn't discredit any of the work you put into it. It just means that on that day they were able to lift more than you. 

 

I went through a phase where I was beating myself up a lot about coming out of competitions feeling like I could have pushed harder, but now I'm enjoying that I often come out feeling that there was more in the tank. 

 

I'm ever so slightly jealous that you'll be lifting in the same session as Kimberley Walford next month. She and Jennifer Thompson are absolute machines!

 

I'm hoping that Kelli Clarke does come to Commonwealths (although I doubt she will) or that Kimberley or Jennifer guest (as JT did two years ago, I think) just so I can experience lifting with at least one of my powerlifting icons on an international stage. At least Commonwealths (and the Classic, to be honest), I'm going in knowing I can't win so I can just relax and enjoy the ride. 

 

At least, that's the goal!

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It is until I'm sitting crying because I think I'm rubbish because I'm not going to win or feeling down because I'm overlooked.

I need to focus on my own awesome and not feel down because other people are awesome or because I feel like I can't be as awesome as they are.

I just need to worry about me, which is what both my coach and Tanky have been trying to beat into me for ages and it hasn't sunk in.

I hear you on this stuf, struggled with it a lot last year when I went from being unbeatable queen on my own turf to being absolutely bottom ranked at worlds. Still struggling to be honest, but getting there :D Anyway, you can do this. Keep on celebrating your wins! 

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There is absolutely nothing I can do about how other people's lifts, so I need to stop worrying about competing with them and just beat them by being awesome in and of myself (well, 'cept for Kelli Thor Clarke... because there's no way I'm beating her!).

 

I'm tempted to see if GBR's 63kg international lifter rises to that thrown gauntlet next weekend.

 

It is until I'm sitting crying because I think I'm rubbish because I'm not going to win or feeling down because I'm overlooked.

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I just need to worry about me, which is what both my coach and Tanky have been trying to beat into me for ages and it hasn't sunk in.

 

Two points here.  First, even the top ranked national lifter gets over looked by the majority of GB.  She's getting attention now that she's been show benching at the all England and putting it about on social media much more.  But still has a majority in the fanclub where Portuguese is the first language.  I know, maybe 5 words, so communication is not effective.  

On the "Fight your own fight" and "No one is unbeatable", we had a girl in the BJJ win an absolute division at the weekend.  At this point in time, she's not one of the strongest player, but she didn't let that stop her fighting it out to the end.  (Absolute is an open weight division fought at the end of the day usually made up of medallists from all the brackets.

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Two points here.  First, even the top ranked national lifter gets over looked by the majority of GB.  She's getting attention now that she's been show benching at the all England and putting it about on social media much more.  But still has a majority in the fanclub where Portuguese is the first language.  I know, maybe 5 words, so communication is not effective.  

 

She needs a better PR manager. :-p

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8 days prior.  Ya.  Get well soon!

Classless Human Male Warrior - Introduction

Height: 1.77m Weight: 93 kg

Spoiler

 

Current Maxes: (repsxkg)

Squat: 10x122.3, 5x138.2, 3x147; 1x170

Bench Press: 10x79, 5x93, 1x102

Deadlift: 10x152, 5x192, 3x210, 1x229

Overhead Press: 10x52, 5x61, 1x70.3

Current Battle Log: 1707 Sam Ashen Summer Swole Program

2017 Challenges:  1701 1702 1703 1704 1705

Previous Challenges: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1603 1604 1605 1606 1607 1609  1610 1611 1612

Daily Log:The Daily Grind

Form Check:  Stronglifts Olympic

More FC's:  Pistol Squats

Want to play?  MFPvP

 

 

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Training went pretty well today! I'm so pleased that I actually managed everything I needed to, when I was expecting to have to scale everything down:
 

Tuesday 8/9:
 
Squats:
 
(20kg x10)
(50kg x10)
(70kg x5)
(90kg x5)
(110kg x3)
120kg x3, x2.5 (3 but with a tiny bit of help on the last one), x2 (rep PB)
 
Meant to be 3x3 but, given I was tired and coming down with a bug, I'll take it.
 
Bench:
 
(20kg x10)
(40kg x10)
(50kg x5)
(60kg x5)
67.5kg x3x3
 
T-bar row:
 
25kg x12
30kg x10
35kg x8
40kg x6
 
Standing dumbbell press s/s w/ chest supported row:
 
10kg x12
12kg x10
14kg x8
16kg x6
 


 
I wasn't feeling great and then started doing my lovely little trick on Wednesday of barely being able to speak without phasing out at work so was sent home sick.
 
Wednesday to Friday were sent home sick.
 
Saturday 12/9:
 
BW: 63.7kg
 
High box squats:
 
(20kg x10x2)
(50kg x10)
(70kg x10)
(90kg x10)
105kg x8x2
 
Wasn't expecting to get through these at all, so surprised when they were easy.
 
Bench:
 
(20kg x10x2)
(40kg x10)
(50kg x5)
55kg x8x2
 
Feeling back to normal with bench after a few ropey sessions. Managing to get my arch tight again, but heel coming up slightly so really, REALLY need to nail that down again. 
 
Deadlifts:
 
(70kg x5)
(90kg x3)
(110kg x3)
120kg x3
 
Really pleased with this given I was feeling like shit when I walked in.
 
Hyperextensions with 20 second hold on last rep: x10x3
 


 
Also, how cute do the plates look?
 


 
Hip felt horrible this morning (4 spiking at 7), but this afternoon it is absolutely painless despite not taking ibuprofen or diclofenac at lunchtime.
 
Managed to get a solution bra to go under a couple of dresses that I'm wearing to events in the next couple of months.
 
In a more challenge-related note, I got a pair of new Tempur pillows in an outlet store (2 for £90 rather than £130 each). Hope that helps even more with the sleeping. :)
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