On not wallowing

Yeah, this latest “oblique/rib” injury has gotten me down a bit for a couple of reasons:

  1. I was really enjoying my progress with trap bar deadlifts. Now that has been stopped cold.
  2. The discomfort makes it easy for me to lean forward…and set off my back/pirformis.

But as for 1: that is a harsh lesson. Yes, doing heavy high handle reps DID make me stronger …a lot stronger (up to 5 sets of 3 with 295 low handle). But, while it is an 8 inch handle which my glute and back could handle, it stressed other parts of me, and a 62 year old has to remember that. It was too much for my body. 10 x 300 even high handle is hard on the body.

So, the good news is that today IS better, though it did affect my workout.

Effect: doing regular pull ups was very uncomfortable. But wide grip was ok…and so


Pull ups: several singles, then 6 sets of 5 wide grip (ok..mild tug)

push ups: 2 sets of 30 sissy, 2 sets of 30 feet elevated (went well)

bench press (feet on a stool..no arch): 10 x 134, 10 x 145, 10 x 150 (mild tug)

curls: 4 sets of 10 painless
high incline bench: painless: 3 sets of 10 x 103

And the work day: roughly the same as it has been recently, so far.
I just have to focus on what I CAN do and not overdo that.

Self pity is unwarranted and counter productive and won’t bring me even an inch closer to healing..if healing is in the cards for me.

Here is the rep that made me realize I was injured (234)

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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