Sunday, June 19, 2011

June 19, 2011

Really ASADA???    Exactly 4 weeks since my last drug test - here they are again. This time in the early morning Max Bench session at E.S.P.

Still, training went well, worked up to a single at 65kg Raw. The on with the big shirt, and I mean big, I can get it on by myself!  Then with a one-board I went 70x3, 75x3, 80x3, 85x3, 90 x1 x1, x1.  Shoulder was comfortable with those weights, but I need to build lockout strength..  Next week I'll see what I can get to touching, hopefully 85 :-)

Jason's 40th birthday last weekend was a blast from the past - literally, with everyone dressing up in 70's theme, tv shows etc.  By special request (of Jason) I went as Wonderwoman - LOL

Thursday, June 16, 2011

June 16, 2011

Leaking steam valve  - replaced the o-rings but the leak was still there so I decided to go for a full upgrade of the  steam arm / valve and knob on Silvia.


Monday, June 06, 2011

June 6, 2011

Sat morning bench:

Raw: 40x5, 50x5, 60x3
Raw & 2 board 70x3, 80/fail
Shirt & 2 board: 80x3, 90x3, 95x2, 100x1

Not unhappy with that.  Followed by assistance and rehab. Shoulder pulled up fine afterwards.

Had brekky with the guys, Dave, Rhys, Bro and Glen and then home for a snooze.

Up and off to Phoenix for weightlifting....

Concentrating on snatches,  worked up to 35kg at which point form really breaks down for me.
Clean and jerks a  little lighter than Tuesday, up to 45kg, pretty comfortable.
Snatch pulls 65, 85 and 95  (was really starting to run out of steam...)
and finished with some overhead squats - a laughable PB of 27.5kg  (I have no sense of balance with the bar overhead!)

Relished my sleep in on Sunday morning, got my French homework done,  mowed the grass and cooked a roast for dinner. Mmmmmmm

Back to the grindstone this morning, but no squatting.  Deadlift pulls, varied stances and a rep set at the end.
More lowerback assistance work and abs...   and off to work....

Back in the gym 6.15am tomorrow....    Yoga, Martyn Girvan style....

Friday, June 03, 2011

June 3, 2011 (more)

From what I hear around the traps it seems like ASADA are doing the rounds of the powerliftering clubs.  Its that time of the year when they need to expend all their budgeted allowance for the financial year, so the fringe sports get tested....

I got swept up two weeks ago, but that was part of their fairly regular testing of the weightlifters, although it was usual for them to turn up at Phoenix on a Saturday afternoon, so I think I'm pretty safe now at least until Nationals.

Anyhoo, enough gossip.  Rehab and off to bed.  Been at ESP 6.15am every morning this week  and Saturdays are no exception.  Sooo looking forward to Sunday morning sleep in before doing it all again next week.  Character building Martyn says....   Character is not what I'm thinking when the alarm goes of at 4.55am.

Sleep, glorious sleep.....

June 3, 2011

Rat trap this morning,  had forgotten how hard it is! Black bands and 70kg was ok , 110kg was too much, settled for a few singles with 90kg and one final rep at 100kg.  Form took a beating - need more this to tighten up my technique.  Assistance: reverse hypers - controlled, stiff leg deadlifts, glute/ham raise and standing abs...

Shoulder feeling really good this morning.  Hope I can say the same tomorrow after benching.

Promo for ESP - The Prowler...  This bastard is pimped - 120kg!

Thursday, June 02, 2011

June 2, 2011

Reverse bands. triple 160kg, double 180

So, I have passed my last review with Dr Hoy.  All is well and good with the shoulder and I can push through the pain from the tightness.  Of course I still need to do a lot of rehab exercises and get both rotator cuffs strong.  I think in 12 months I will be making big gains.  For now, Nationals is in my immediate plans, just to get on the platform,  and I've started putting together my own competition schedule for 2011

July 29/30  Australian Titles   (Powerlifting)
August 20 Ian Laurie Cup  (Weightlifting  - my debut on the platform)
Sept 27 World Masters, Canada  (Powerlifting)
November 20 Matti Tikka Challenge, Sydney  (Powerlfiting)

I'd like to get another Weightlifting comp in there somewhere but the dates tend to clash a bit..

Oct 15/16 Australian Masters Championships - maybe a bit to ambitious for my first year...  Plus I will have only just returned from Canada...   or...

Nov 26  Phoenix Open incorporating Masters GP5 - but this is only 1 week after the Matti Tikka...