As I'm writing up this training log post, I can hear the greyhounds next door have caught another rabbit. Being a city boy all my life, it's not often I ever heard anything other than cats fighting. I don't like hearing rabbits scream, that's all I say can about that.
My back felt significantly better today. Whereas it used to hurt at an 8-9 out of 10 when I would set up to bench press, now it's down to a 6 or 7. When it gets down to a 4 or 5, it'll just blend in with all the other aches and creaks and feel perfectly normal. As it is, with the pain down to a dull roar, I was able to bench press with more of my attention focused on the bench press and less on ending the set so I could sit up again.
I was able to hit my chest with significantly more pressing volume which was sorely needed. My repetition endurance is very low and if I'm going to bump my bench press up over 150 kilograms, I need to rebuild the foundation with a base of repetition work. Hopefully my back continues to improve so I can make the progress I need to make before I start the pre-competition strength training.
Bench Press: 135x10, 135x5, 185x5, 225x5, 245x5, 245x5, 265x3, 245x5, 245x5, 225x6, 205x6
Incline Dumbbell Bench Press: 75x9, 75x8, 75x8 45* incline