Yes, definitely good news! Of course, coupled with irritating news.....
Turns out, the Public Storage company that owns our building for our training facility gave my business partner notice last Friday that we've got until July to find a new home. Apparently, they just can't afford to have so many open commercial/light industrial units in the front building, so they're coverting the whole thing to indoor storage and booting all the tenants. Sucks, but I understand, they have to adapt to make money or they go out of business (which would end up with us losing our spot in the end in such a scenario anyway). So, next week the three of us who are partners need to get together and start making the rounds to scout for a new location - plenty of time and even with probably 20,000+ lbs. of plates and equipment, we could relocate and re-settle over a single weekend with the crew we can round up. Only pain is that the astroturf was cut just for the room it's glued to, so no idea how salvageable that's going to be, might be a $1500 waste, might be able to move it, we shall see.
Got in to train a bit last night, was decent but didn't go completely as planned -
Flat barbell bench w/ axle -
1x10 @ empty axle (55 lb.)
1x5 @ 145 lbs.
1x3 @ 195
1x2 @ 235
3x3 @ 265
1xfail @ 290, injured finger (see below) made it too tough to bench heavy as I couldn't wrap my hands well enough around the axle, dropped weight for speed doubles work instead -
10x2 @ 195 lbs., about 45-60 seconds rest between each set, all lowered quickly and pressed at max speed
Had originally planned to wait one more week before squatting, but the bug had already bitten me as soon as I knew I was cleared to do them again. So, put on the knee sleeves, set up shop in the rack, and had some fun with a return to squatting again -
1x10 @ 135 lbs.
1x10 @ 185
4x10 @ 225
After first set @ 225, I managed to snag an overly-long fingernail on my belt, which popped about half of it up from the skin. I thought I just bent the nail at first (was sore, but not bad), but the blood that started dripping out from under the nail told a different story. So, that made it fun, had to create an impromptu bandage out of duct tape and tissue to keep my finger bandaged, which messed with my benching as noted above. Squats were fine, but had to drop weight on the axle benching.
As mentioned, I'm keeping things light for some time, hoping I can restrain myself enough to where I just add 5-10 lbs. each week for a few months or add more sets, anything to keep from going all-out and ending up hurt is a good plan
Just those sets have left my legs sore as hell today, goes to show that after a long time off, even light squats are a killer! Good news is that there's ZERO knee pain with my orthotics, who would have guessed that it was just my stupid feet that were killing my knees so much? I was prepared to get my knee checked out as of a few weeks ago when it was still sore after 5 months straight, looks like things are on the mend!
Just played around a bit with some light single-leg pressing -
3x20 each leg @ 150 lbs.
And one set of glute/ham raises for 30 reps at bodyweight to call it a day. Got queasy near the end of the workout (probably from keeping rest periods short, I was winded through the 2nd half of my workout) so cut short the extra bench work and stopped the glute/ham raises early as well. No point in puking, it would just mean that I'd have to eat more to make up for it
Getting some upper back/bicep work in tonight, then it's two days off to get out of town for some much-needed R&R as it has been extremely stressful lately, and a 10th wedding anniversary is a good reason to unwind for a few days. Planning on a nice deep tissue massage Wednesday to treat ourselves, then it's back to business and training as usual come Thursday!