15 weeks out, day 2, low bar squat and bench press and Halifax donairs

It all started earlier this week when one of my facebook friends posted a link to the following onion-like news satire article:  http://thelapine.ca/another-enraged-maritimer-unable-to-get-donair-in-toronto-police-called/  Even though I'm not a native Torontonian, apparently I've lived here long enough that I've picked up on the idea that Toronto is the centre of the Canadian universe.  Acting like an ignorant American infused with Torontonian superiority (guilty of both charges), I commented that you can get donairs anywhere in Toronto.  It was then that I asked another friend from Truro, Nova Scotia what was with maritimers and donairs.  He explained that the "Halifax donair" was different than the donairs served pretty much anywhere else.  He pointed me to this Globe and Mail article that explained it well enough to get my mouth watering for a try.

Luckily I work near the Milton location of Halifax Donair and Pizza so I planned to go there today for lunch. I bought the large donair and the large donair fries.  It was more than enough food, I would have been fine with just the donair.  I ate them both for lunch and haven't eaten since and probably won't the rest of the night.

Halifax donair and donair fries
 I have to admit, they were very tasty. The shop was small but busy.  While I was there, a couple young women were there, also for the first time.  One was from Toronto and had been driven there by her friend from Cambridge.  The gal from Toronto was apparently a native Maritimer and skeptical.  She asked the owner where he was from and if she could have a taste before ordering.  She wasn't done with her second shaving of broiled meat brick when she exclaimed, "it's the real deal!".  She was so giddy, I really thought she was close to shedding tears of joy and homesickness.  It was reminiscent of how I feel whenever I'm fortunate enough to eat an In-N-Out Burger.  Some foods just bring you back to good times.  I don't have that spiritual connection with the Halifax donair but it definitely worth eating again.

My lunch adventure had nothing to do with tonight's workout but it will be a while before I eat like that again so I wanted to get as much mileage out of it by re-living it over and over.  It's 11 pm and I'm still burping up donair so it's not like I have much choice.

Tonight was the third and final squat session before deadlifting next session.  I planned to do 6 sets of 3 but hit the safety bar on one side on rep 3 of set 5.  Normally I can finish the rep but I hit the bar just hard enough that it threw me off balance and I couldn't save the rep.  I had to set the bar down on the safeties and reload it for set 6.  Set 6 went fine.  The last three squat sessions totalled 100 reps at an average weight of 352.5 lbs and 72% of my 1RM.  That's an improvement over the previous triplet of squat sessions that totalled 96 reps at 342 lbs/70%.  Next week will have a couple extra days of rest due to Christmas so it'll give me some time to fully recover before the next squat triplet.

My total for bench press repetitions over the same three session period was 83 reps at 242.5 lbs/73.5%.

Squats:  135x10, 225x5, 275x5, add belt, 315x5, 365x3, low bar, add wrist wraps, 405x3, 405x3, 405x3, 405x3, 405x2, 405x3

Bench Press:  all reps paused, 135x10, 185x5, 225x5, 255x5, add wrist wraps, 275x3, 275x3, 275x2, 275x2



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