11 weeks out, Day 1, squats and bench presses

From Saturday to Monday I had either a head cold or a bad case of ragweek allergies.  I usually don't have many hayfever type issues but was informed that ragweed allergies tend to peak at the end of summer through early fall.  Ragweed levels were very high so it's possible.  We had rain yesterday and levels according to the weather network's pollen report were medium.  Whether by coincidence or not, I felt about 100% better today so any worries I had over the weekend about my training being adversely affected were mostly put to rest.  In any case, I logged the dates of my 'ragweed allergy' on my calendar and I'll keep an eye on it next year about this time.

Since I probably won't get much training in next week, I decided to increase my squat volume to 5 sets of 3 with 405.  The sets went well and almost all of the reps moved with some speed.  After squats, I did 6 sets of 3 paused benches with 245 (72% of my 1 RM) and then 4 sets of 2-board presses.  I'm still making progress on the board presses, sometimes they feel very good, sometimes they feel completely foreign.  It's definitely a ROM where it's a challenge to generate good speed so I think they're providing value.  As for the paused full ROM work, the 245 is moving fast enough that I think I'll bump up the weight to 255 if I can get into the gym next week.

Squats:  135x10, 225x5, 275x5, add belt, 315x5, add wrist wraps, 365x5, 405x3x6 sets

Bench Press:  all reps paused, 135x10, 185x5, 245x3x6 sets

2-board bench press: all reps paused, add wrist wraps, 275x5, 295x4, 295x4, 295x3

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