Training log: October 16

Deadlift Sunday!

I was soooo tired today. I just did the bare minimum of deadlifting and then headed home. I was feeling pretty down on myself until I looked back and realized I had a rep PR twice! Incremental progress is still progress. I’m much happier now especially considering how terrible I was feeling that morning.

Training Log: October 11

I have been just so fatigued for the past ten days or so. Getting home after work I was falling asleep and had it been just me I doubt I would have made it to the gym for what turned out to be a pretty good workout! I’m lucky to have found a group of people to motivate me and keep me somewhat accountable.

Barbell Squat
Set1. 43 kg x 5 Reps
Set2. 47.6 kg x 5 Reps
Set3. 52 kg x 4 Reps
Set4. 56.7 kg x 3 Reps
Set5. 61 kg x 1 Reps
Set6. 61 kg x 1 Reps

Goblet Squat
Set1. 11.3 kg x 10 Reps
Set2. 11.3 kg x 10 Reps
Set3. 11.3 kg x 10 Reps

Kettlebell squat swing
Set1. 11.3 kg x 10 Reps
Set2. 11.3 kg x 10 Reps
Set3. 11.3 kg x 10 Reps

The kettlebell swings were new and I don’t exactly know what to call them! “Squat swing” is descriptive enough I guess. After hitting that new squat PR a couple of weeks ago I had hoped to get up to at least the big 20kg plates on a regular squat training night. It hasn’t really worked out that way until now so I’m going to try and keep pushing for that as a standard top set weight. Only two singles this time so maybe a double next time?

So despite being incredibly tired I still had a good night in the gym! Awesome.

Training log: October 2,3,6 & 9

So I got a bit behind on my blogging! Last week was a bit rough for reasons unknown. I was very tired and struggled to stick to my training plan. I managed to get most things done.

  • Sunday the 2nd I deadlifted and did some cardio on the bike
  • Monday the 3rd I biked
  • Thursday the 6th I worked on my squats and benched
  • Sunday the 9th I deadlifted and biked

Not bad actually, now that I look back on it. This, of course, is the purpose of this blog!

I meant to do some more hiking but then this happened:


My plan is to turn my hikes into skis this winter. I didn’t get out my skis once last winter so I’m hoping to make more frequent use of the trails in the coming months. Shouldn’t be too difficult to beat last years record number of ski sessions.

Training Log: September 29

Squats did not go well last night. And boy did it bug me!!! I was in such a funk about it but I had two other wins that day that I should really care much more about than that one failed squat.

The first one is that I kept calories nice and low where I want them right now. I’m trying to cut weight again as I gained ten pounds or so over the summer. Some of that is obviously muscle since my squat and deadlift improved a ton so I’m trying to preserve that as much as I can. Keeping my calories low is really difficult for me. I love cooking and delicious things and could never eat intuitively because I’m nearly always hungry. But I ended the day at 1620 calories which is great! I did good!

Also I benched 30kg for 7 which is the weight I failed at three times at my ill-fated meet in June. I don’t like attention and getting up on the platform to perform was really difficult for me, obviously, but not really a failure of strength. Every time I bench lately I prove that to myself again and again. So benching went well, diet was excellent and I failed a squat. No biggee. At least it shouldn’t be.

Training Log: September 27


I did it! I finally broke five miles! I brought a snack this time which clearly contributed to my success. I listened to a whole bunch of podcast episodes while walking and really focused on bracing my knees this time. Believe it or not my walking form needs work! After my last couple of hikes I had soreness at the back of my knees from hyperextending my knees as I walk. A little bit of focus has helped immensely and I’m not feeling any soreness the day after which is awesome.


I really can’t get over all this gorgeousness. I’m trying to drink in as much fall weather as I can before the winter snows get here. I’m hoping to do some cross-country skiing in a few months though. I never got around to that last winter and I hear these trails convert nicely to ski trails. I can believe it!

Training Log: September 25

New PR!!! Somolov continues to provide dividends apparently! I haven’t deadlifted in five or six weeks so I’m pleased to see that I haven’t totally forgotten everything. There’s a few obvious issues with my form but I was really testing myself so I’m not too upset. I don’t have the strongest back muscles but hopefully more deadlifts will help with that. I also did ten minutes of cardio on the rowing machine. It reminded me of how much I liked rowing. I should do it more often.

Training log: September 24

Another hike today! The weather is so gorgeous I just want to get out there whenever I can. It’s fun run season though and I had to wind my way through two different runs this morning. I got a late start though so it’s my own fault I guess. Coffee in bed just seemed so much more important this morning than hitting the trail by 8:30. Well maybe it was this time.


I failed again to get all the way to five miles. I fully intended to get there but I got hungry halfway through! I guess next time I will pack a snack.


Training Log: September 21


Benched for the first time in forever!! It’s been at least six weeks but luckily I hadn’t forgotten everything in the interim. Warmed up a bit and managed three triples at 30kg which is the weight I totally failed to bench at my one and only competition a few months ago. It was definitely nerves that day. I’ll have to figure out a way to train mentally if I’m ever going to compete at another meet. I arched, I squeezed, I pressed, but I definitely feel my weakest benching. It’s a vicious cycle. I dislike benching so I don’t train it so I get worse at it so I dislike benching…

Also I did 30min/13 miles on the bike and then I went home and promptly passed out on the couch. I’ve been properly exhausted this week for some reason.