Back day actually managed to put me in a good place. Two weeks without hamstring work and I am welcomed back with heavier RDLs, which is one of my overall favorite movements. Coach’s mark is when he sees my hamstrings quiver and I hit it many times today. I love that feeling and when I turn to walk away, my first couple of steps are carefully taken. Hamstrings worked, I am happy.
But wait…I don’t even know what the next movement is called (plate ham curls?) but they are killer. Nicole blogged about making sex noises while lifting, and I think of that post because there are lots of these during this movement. Part way through I think “but this is so much better than sex” and I start to giggle because I’m probably the only person in the world to think this. As I am giggling my hamstrings cramp. Coach, as astute as he is, has no idea what’s in my brain right now. He notices the cramping though and says “there it is” which sends me into to tremors while I try to stifle my laugh.
I have done these once before but an easier version. Laying down you put two plates on the floor close to your tush, put your heels in the hole, keep hips lifted through all reps, push the plates out and pull them all the way back in. And after 4 sets of 12, I can barely walk. Judging from the mild throb in my hip, I didn’t keep all the movement in my hamstrings.
Rows: I put too much in my biceps and when the back finally got involved, only the right side was working. Coach points out I am getting more and more right-side dominant and I need to fix this soon: right shoulder, right hip, right back, right tricep. I tell him this is all balanced by the fact that I am left brained.
Pull-ups were a slap in the face regarding my muscle deterioration – the once Princess of Strict Pull-ups is now strictly assisted and then I needed more assist than anticipated. Coach says bodyweight work will be easier for me because I am so much lighter than I was but during these I look at him and say all the weight I lost was muscle weight so, yeah, not easier.
I really enjoyed my day. My hamstrings are back in action, I couldn’t get everything where it was supposed to be but I kept trying and adjusting. Pull-ups, well, I have nothing positive to say about those except that even though I am disappointed at their decline, I am not disappointed in me.
Coach asked what I was doing Wednesday and Thursday and if I wanted to lift legs and shoulders with him, his brother and another kid. I have worked out with his brother before but I am a bit…I don’t know how I feel about an upper-30’s year old lady that believes she is a Warrior Girl lifting with a bunch of early to mid 20-year-old guys? My confession: Awesome, I feel kind of awesome. I have worked my butt off and earned my way in. Wow!!
And I am so grateful that this Thanksgiving, I won’t just be thinking of my self-made family but I will be seeing some of them. I will be giving thanks for you all who are so supportive, Char who I get to see more than the twice-a-year obligation and is much more friendly than family, and my dear, dear Rebecca who loves me however I together or torn apart I may be. And if I am very lucky, my good and wise brother (wise because he stays hundreds of miles away from the middle of nowhere) will Skype and his little ones will have trivial but ever-so-important stories to tell me.
Back day exceeded expectations. I just may get some sleep tonight.