Tested openers for meet next weekend

Prior to my vacation on May 9th, my training was going very well and I was looking forward to setting some PR's in the squat, bench press, and total on June 15th.  What I didn't completely expect was to so thoroughly enjoy cruising around the Mediterranean and visiting foreign countries for the first time.  It was such a great trip that Vivian and I have already committed to another cruise next May.  I can definitely say I won't be competing any time soon after we return from that trip.

After we got back on May 18th, I was of no desire to pick up the training so I spent a good 3-4 days just enjoying the afterglow of the trip.  When I finally got back in the gym to squat and bench press some three weeks after my last heavy squat and bench press workout, my knee decided it was still on vacation.  I took another week off and that session went pretty well.  While on the trip, my chronically painful broken wisdom tooth started really acting up so I scheduled an extraction for June 3rd.  That was Monday.  The extraction wasn't bad at all but I must've gotten a slight infection because I fought a fever that finally went away this morning.

Since I hadn't trained for a week, I had to get in the gym tonight to at least test openers.  I could tell from my first two warmup sets in the squat that fighting off that infection had weakened me.  I had that short-of-breath feeling that you get when you try to train after recovering from a flu.  It wasn't quite that bad but I knew that I had limited energy.   I decided to just work up to openers in all three lifts using the type of protocol I would use at a meet.  Which is to say, as little work as possible.

Squats went pretty well to my revised opening weight of 455.  After I finished that single I immediately set up for bench presses and warmed up to an opening single of 315.  That moved up pretty well so I set up for deadlifts.  I usually only take 1 warm up rep in a meet but since I haven't deadlifted much at all the past two months, I figured I'd take a few extra reps.  I ended with a single with 565 that moved faster than I expected it to.

Based on the theory that one's openers should be doable even if one is sick, I figure opening at 205/142.5/260 is pretty safe.  I cruised through the entire workout in 40 minutes, partly because I didn't want to run out of gas and partly because I hoped a quick pace would help speed up the reconditioning process.  I'll have one more session before the meet, maybe two so I'm hoping I'll get some condition back by the 15th and will be able to at least match the numbers I put up at my last meet.

Squat:  135x10, 225x5, 275x3, add belt, 315x3, add wrist wraps, 365x2, 405x1, 430x1, 455x1

Bench Press:  all reps paused, 135x5, 185x5, 225x3, 275x2, add wrist wraps, 315x1

Deadlift:  315x2, 405x1, add belt, 495x1, 565x1

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