Thanks, Robert! I wish I could have been at the vacation, but this summer has been a real rollercoaster of weird things happening to me
Next year it will happen for sure, barring any dreadful events that force me to miss out! I won't be at Expo East this time either, but I'm sure I'll run into you at Expo West in the spring if you'll be attending again. Hopefully we'll meet before that, but if not, we should run into each other then for sure. Thanks as well on the Veggie Awards voting - funny thing is, I completely forgot to do any promo work for it like I intended to, so if we win, it will be a complete surprise. I failed to mention it in our newsletter or to put slips in orders going out, so we'll see if we get lucky on it!
bunnylalu - we're actually only listed in one place, the area to vote for favorite online store (if I remember correctly - I already voted from this computer and can't access the survey again to see if that's what the category is called!) There are quite a few options in that field so we can be easy to miss in the listing, but hopefully enough people have noticed us there and cast a few votes
Didn't plan on lifting today, but I may skip town tomorrow to de-stress and felt that I needed to get my leg day in just in case I'm not around.
Good Mornings in the rack, about 2-3" above true parallel -
1x20 @ empty bar
1x10 @ 135
1x10 @ 225
1x10 @ 315
1x8 @ 365 (not feeling stable yet, cut it short)
1x20 @ 275
I forgot that I always have to start off light when getting back to GMs after a layoff. My core feels really weak right now, so next week I'll stay at 300 or just below for some high-rep sets until I feel solid again.
Plate-loaded squat machine (only 8 minutes until closing time after the GMs, had to act fast, no time to get in the front squats I'd wanted to do)
2x20 @ 360 lbs. (felt like 100 lbs. less if it were on a bar)
Time ran out, headed off to crappy all-night gym to finish up the small stuff.
Seated GMs to chest nearly touching the bench pad -
1x20 @ 135
1x20 @ 155
1x20 @ 185
Felt good on these, since I'm usually pretty weak with seated ones. Hope to nail 225x20 on them soon and get close to 300ish in the near future. I was having fun with GMs today, so these seemed like fun.
1-legged RDLs -
2x20 each leg w/ 65 lbs.
I forgot how much these kick my arse. Definitely sore in the hams and glutes after these.
Horizontal leg press to burn myself out for the night -
1x50 @ 210 lbs.
Did 35 reps, take 5 breaths, do 5 reps, repeat until 50 total. Could barely walk after this last one, stumbled to the car and drove home.
I'm going to take it lighter on leg stuff for a few weeks with reps in the 10-20 range until I feel solid again for being stable - getting my core strength back up and feeling tight for squats and GMs always takes a hit when I take time off lifting, but a few weeks of high-rep stuff usually brings it back into place.
Tomorrow and Saturday are rest days, strongman event training on Sunday, hopefully some log press work, stones and anything else that sounds fun at the time. It'll be my first time working with implements since last fall, so we'll see how the first time back goes soon enough.