Bench rep PR and a sad goodbye to our foster bunnies

About few months ago Vivian answered an ad placed by the local Humane Society in need of foster homes for some rescued rabbits.  We never got a call for one of those as the response had been very strong however we were called in about a month later to foster some rabbit babies born to some of the rescued rabbits that had been pregnant.  We got two rabbits, sisters from the same litter about 4 weeks old.

Vivian named them Rosie and Molly.  Never having had rabbits as pets we didn't know what to expect but they were definitely cute.  Since they're basically silent and sit still when you pet them, they're very relaxing pets.  I can definitely see why Lennie Small dreamt of tending to and petting rabbits.

Rosie is the brown one and Molly is the black one

Our job as foster parents was to care for and socialize these rabbits until they were old enough to be spayed.  We expected we'd have them for about 4 weeks but it ended up being 6.  The time flew by and when it came time to return them to the shelter, it seemed like we had hardly had them at all.  Vivian was pretty heartbroken and was in no state to head to the gym with me tonight.  I felt a bit down as well but I knew it was what we signed up for so like Dewey Oxburger swallowing aggression along with a lot of pizzas, I swallowed my sadness along with some pizza (leftover Delissio, pretty good for frozen pizza).

Is it wrong that Dewey Oxberger is one of my role models?

So, off I headed to the gym for some bunny love rage motivated benching and deadlifting.  Or something like that.  Benches went well.  After last week's paused 1 RM PR, I decided I wanted to claim a 315x3 paused rep PR.  So I got that and followed it up with a paused 2 rep set and them some good volume work with some back off sets.  Like 455 in the squat, my goal is to get to where I can 3-5 rep 315 any time I want.  That would represent the next level of benching for me.  So far it feels like it's not too far away.  My shoulders have felt consistently good for almost a year now and making up lost ground and exceeding my previous lifetime bests feels pretty awesome.

I have to admit, I've been pleasantly surprised that I've been able to make rapid progress at my age.  There are a lot of times I feel like the gains are coming just as fast as I remember them when I was last lifting seriously in my mid-20's.  When I first started back lifting in late 2007, I remember going to the doctor and having a complete physical, the kind us 40+ yr old guys get.

yeah, that kind, along with blood work

When the results of the bloodwork came back my doctor referred me to a specialist because the blood tests showed I had low testosterone.  At that time I was preparing for a competition in the USAPL and I knew that there were no Therapeutic Use Exemptions for testosterone so even if the specialist confirmed it, I couldn't do anything about it since preparing for competition was my primary motivation to continue the behaviours that were contributing to my weight loss.   It turns out the specialist didn't think I needed to do anything about it given my build and not having any symptoms of low energy, loss of libido, no morning wood, etc.  But it was always in the back of my mind that maybe I didn't have the gas to achieve the things I did when I was younger.  So, looking back, I'm very grateful that I am still able to make progress and get stronger even as I continue to try to steal years from Father Time.

I finished up my workout with some deadlifts, shrugs and kirk shrugs.  The deadlifts are feeling good, next week I'll pull some singles with a hook grip to keep the hands in shape.

Bench Press:  all reps paused, 135x10, 185x10, 225x5 275x5, 315x3 paused rep PR, 315x2, 295x4, 295x3, 295x3, 275x4, 275x3

Deadlifts:  315x5, 405x5, 495x5, 495x5

Barbell Shrugs:  405x10, 405x10

Kirk Shrugs:  225x6, 225x6, 225x6

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