Dialing back expectations

Last week I hit a “new” best in the deadlift of 260 (conventional). So I was hoping to improve some more this week. But the smallest increments I have are 5 lbs., and a 5 lb. improvement every week would mean a 250 lb. improvement this year..to 500 +. Yes, there are strong men my age who can do that but I am NOT one of them. For me..at my age and with my limitations, 5 lbs. a MONTH would be outstanding for now.

I’ll look up my progression. I need to keep diligent with my log.

Today’s workout: deadlifts then a walk:

6 x 145 regular (felt heavy)
2 x 189 Sumo
1 x 233 Sumo (sort of effort)
1 x 255 Sumo
1 x 233 conventional ..felt hard.

Then 3 misses at 266: 2 conventional (got off of the ground), 1 Sumo (wouldn’t budge)

1 x 260 Sumo (got it…was an effort) Best Sumo.
6 x 233 (tough) conventional
6 x 203 trap
6 x 167 Romanian (hard to tell if my back is what it should be)

ended with this 17 minute per mile walk on this 10K-ish course (1:48:30 total time..about 17:16 mpm)

Deadlift progression:

August 5, 2019: managed a “handles up” hex dead 225 (1 rep)
August: typical sets were 4 x 175, 4 x 195 (handles up)
September: 4 x 205 head dead (handles up)
November: got 4 x 225 hex dead, handles DOWN
December: got 1 x 225 bar dead, then 4 x 225
December 20, 2019: got 1 x 230 bar deadlift
DEcember 25: got 1 x 233 bar deadlift (home)
Dec 27: got 1 x 235 dead
Dec 29: got 1 x 240 dead (bar)

Jan 11: got 245 hex dead (handles down)
Jan 25: got 255, then 260 conventional dead
Feb 1: got 255, 260 Sumo, 6 x 233 conventional

So December saw me advance from 225 to 240 conventional
January saw me advance from 240 to 260 conventional and Sumo
November-December: 225 to 245 hex

Upshot: it is undeniable that I am gaining strength ..the progress appears to be more rapid “on paper” than it feels.

35 lb strength gain in 2 months isn’t that bad.

Author: oldgote

I enjoy politics, reading, science, running, walking, (racewalking and ultrawalking) hiking, swimming, yoga, weight lifting, cycling and reading. I also follow football (college and pro), basketball (men and women) and baseball (minor league and college)

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