Even before tonight's session, I had already booked an appointment to see a physiotherapist about my sciatic pain but after tonight, there was absolutely no doubt it's necessary.
While it didn't hinder my squats or deadlifts in the competition last Saturday, now it definitely seems to be affecting the function of my left leg. I didn't notice it much on front squats but when I did a test set of 10 reps with 225, it was pretty clear my left hamstring was not firing.
I also tested it out with some single-leg leg curls and my left leg was at least 30% weaker than my right. It's all kind of puzzling to me because there is no significant pain or discomfort in my back or SI joint area when squatting or deadlifting. There is pain when I'm standing upright and in lumbar extension as the sciatic pain flares up pretty good when I'm doing overhead presses.
Hopefully my assessment tomorrow morning with the physiotherapist will indicate nothing significantly wrong. As it is, I can train incline presses, curls, seated rows, barbell rows, tricep pushdowns, ab work, etc. Plenty of stuff to keep me busy and coincidentally involves areas of opportunity for me that have been neglected for a while. Should also be able to do quad work (leg extensions and leg presses), another area of opportunity that should benefit both my squat and deadlift.
Front squats: 135x10x2 sets, 185x5, 225x3x3 sets
Back Squat: 225x10
Overhead press: 45x10, 135x10, 135x8, 135x7
Ab crunch machine: 45x10, 90x8, 90x7
Leg curls: both legs, 90x10, single leg, 40x10/8, 40x10/8
Dumbbell curls: 30x15, 30x10