Background: I work at OSU as a graduate teaching associate and lift at Ludus Magnus. I am a raw lifter who competes in the 105lb weight classes, and am currently prepping for my next meet (when grad school finally gives me a weekend off) . Currently, I am in the process of trying to accomplish my lofty lifting goals,survive graduate school, and teach undergraduates about what I really love, TRAINING..


Concentric Block,Wk 2: DE upper (Monday)

Warm up-general

Warm up-specific
2a. Push-ups
3 x 15

2b. DB Rows
3 x 20

3. Contrast pin press style speed bench
9 x 3+1
1 set:
3 reps x 60% no leg drive
1 x 75% leg drive
**3 sets ultra wide, 3 sets close,3 sets pinkie on ring grip

4a. Incline bench press, DB
3 x 5 x neutral grip

4b. Lat pulldown
3 x 5 heavy

Done. I had a fever pretty bad this morning (Insert: WHY AM I TRAINING?!)

And then there was this....

It's like a Coke Bottle

My mom [who was visiting] and I got into a thing before she left.  I immediately felt horrible since she is the best mom ever and I hate to cause her distress.  The semantics behind the fight don't matter though.   What does is this: I thought I was "ok" about some personal stuff I've been going through lately,  but clearly I'm not even close to "K".  Actually, I think OK is supposed to be, "positive, but not as positive as it could," so I think it is safe to say I'm more like Osh*t.

See, I've been so busy with my more-projects-at work-than-hours-in-the-day, that I've been really great at distracting myself from dealing with my emotions. However, with irony always at large, those closest to us are often the ones who open the Coke bottle they didn't even know was shaken [heavily (in this case my mom, ugh)].  I felt so bad.  In reflection though, I was surprised to recognize that I had so much anger, frustration, and fragility that had built up over the course of the last two weeks [not directed at her, at all].

So what does this have to do with training, nothing.  Absolutely nothing.  Instead, it's more of a thought.  So, if you have amazing, supportive, parents you love; don't pull a Jenn.  Instead, tell them you love them.  And, if you're going to be caffeinated beverage; be coffee.  Actually, be anything but a carbonated beverage.


In Other News

Don't forget to drop some questions to Alycia and I tonight!

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