19 weeks out, Day 1, squats and bench press

I might be imagining it but it seems like the work I've been doing with sumo deadlifts is carrying over to my squats.  Since today is supposed to be the heavier of my two weekly squat sessions, I decided to ramp 5 sets of 5.  All sets except my top set of 405x5 moved as fast as I can remember.  Even the set of 405x5 was quicker than the last time I repped 405 for 5. I also increased the weight for the wide stance squats from 315 to 335.  The final 3 sets of 5 with 335 were pretty tough, especially after the 5x5 earlier.

The squat work was pretty tiring and I didn't have much left in the tank for 'light' bench press day. My repetition volume with my work weight of 255 was down significantly although bar speed was good for the reps that I did.

In my competition history to date, my best squat/deadlift sub-total is 505 kgs.  The goal with the sumo deadlift work is to match and eventually exceed this sub-total.  I'm not sure if it'll happen by November but I'm confident I'll be there by next July at the latest.

Squat:  135x5, 225x5, 275x5, add belt, low bar, 315x5, add wrist wraps, 365x5,  385x5,  405x5

Wide stance squat:  high bar, belt, wrist wraps, 335x5, 335x5, 335x5

Bench Press:  all reps touch and go, 135x8, 185x8, 225x8, 255x7, 255x5, 255x5

Only 16 total sets over 70 minutes but it felt like more.

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  1. Maybe the lack of conventional deadlifts has kept the back 'fresher'?

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    1. that's certainly possible, however I've only gone without any heavy conv deadlifting for about 3 weeks and I've gone longer in the past. It's early in the process so I can't make any conclusions yet. I still have a ways to go before I feel like my sumo deadlift form will be good enough to work on progressing weights upwards and trying to determine competition expectations but my back is definitely fresher from the reduced loads.

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