Back in the gym again, squats and bench presses

After last week's attempt at getting back at it after a two week vacation that included 9 days in Europe (7 of them sailing around the eastern Mediterranean on a cruise ship), I finally got back to the gym today.  I was a bit worried that my knee might still be an issue but it felt fine.  I was a bit tentative on my work sets but it never twinged so I'm thinking last week's issue was just a by-product of not squatting for two weeks.

I kept my work volume at about half what I was doing before the vacation since I've de-conditioned some from the time off.  Bench presses felt fine in all the critical joints but I've definitely surrendered some progress.  I failed an attempt at a paused 335 single, a weight I was handling with confidence before the trip.

I knew taking two weeks off five weeks out from a competition would do nothing for my meet prep but it was a trip of a lifetime so I have absolutely no regrets.  The meet was always a competition tune-up and more importantly, most of my teammates will be lifting so it will be a fun experience regardless.

I'm getting two wisdom teeth pulled on Monday so that should further impact any ideas I might've had about trying to quickly recover my gains and rapid peak for the meet on the 15th.  I've been told I'll be able to train a day or two later with no limitations but we'll see.  My wisdom teeth have been giving me pain for the last two weeks but I'm sure having them ripped out of my skull will be a whole 'nother type of discomfort.

Squats:  135x10, 225x5, 275x5, add belt, 315x3, 365x3, 405x3x3 sets

Bench Press:  all reps paused, 135x10, 185x5, 225x5, 275x3, add wrist wraps, 295x2, 315x1, 335x0, 315x1, 275x3x3 sets

Kirk Shrugs:  225x8, 275x5x3 sets

Since I've lost some conditioning, I kept the pace fairly quick and got the workout done in 50 minutes.

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