13 weeks out, Day 2, squats, bench press, last day in Boulder

I never get tired of seeing the Flatirons.  
I headed over to the Y for a last workout before I fly back to Ontario.  My back was especially tight, almost as if my first workout as a 48 yr old was gonna be different than back when I was 47 two days ago.  I tried to loosen up during my squat warm ups but my first workset with 315 was still reasonably painful so I shut it down.

After some leg extensions and leg curls, I did my touch and go bench presses with 225 and some pulldowns to finish.  I had planned to do face pulls but my back just wasn't happy with any kind of pull in the transverse plane.

The workout itself was unremarkable but while I was stretching my hip flexors and rectus femoris, I had the strangest thing happen.  I was doing some contract/relax stretching and although I wasn't contracting very hard, all of a sudden it felt like a rubber band snapped in the front of my right hip and it felt like the broken end of the rubber band retreated down my thigh.  It didn't hurt but it was such an unusual sensation that I was a little shaken.  The only other time I have ever felt 'something' tear was about 6 years ago when some anonymous muscle in my hip or upper glute tore during a set of squats.  That wasn't a 'rubber band snapping' feeling, that one felt like a sheet of paper tearing.

When it happened 6 years ago, there was some pain and for about 6-8 weeks afterwards, I had some killer muscle spasms that I had to quell with copious amounts of ibuprofen.  This time, there was no pain, no apparent impact on function and no spasm.  I can only guess what 'tore' was either very small, or maybe some scar tissue from a long forgotten tweak.  I'll be curious to see if I notice anything on my next squat workout.

After the gym, I drove by the Celestial Seasonings plant to watch the prarie dogs.  I guess most around here consider them a nuisance but to me, they're super cute and I love watching them.

High bar squat:  135x5, 135x5, 225x5, 275x5, 315x5

Leg extension:  140x10x3 sets

Leg Curl:  110x10, 130x10, 130x8

Bench Press:  touch and go, 135x10, 185x10, 225x10x3 sets

Pulldowns:  150x10, 150x10, 150x8





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