It’s been almost a month since I injured my back (bulging disc) so today’s workout made me nervous even with small weights. The USAWA National Grip Championships are in mid-February so I’ve only got about a month to try to make up some lost ground. It’s apparent that my back is going to hold me back by a large margin on all the events.
Decided to test my back with the Double Overhand Axle Deadlift today. My best lift is 380lbs but that was back in mid-2009 when I was actually training it. I think that without the back injury I’m good for about 350lbs on the axle any day of the week. I was prepared to be happy with 225lbs today though, as long as there was no pain or re-injury. I pulled everything sumo since that’s the only style of deadlift that doesn’t put my back in a precarious position.
DO AXLE DEADLIFT
-203×1 *Notes: Felt very weak but didn’t have any pain.
-273×1 *Notes: No pain again, and it felt a bit better than 203 did. Could already feel that my back was about at its limit for a while though.
-304×1 *Notes: Pulled this one awfully slow because I was worried about quick movements. My back was a little tender after this pull so I didn’t try any more today. Even at this low weight it was plenty to worry me about re-injury. Left hand was really strange and lost its grip at the very beginning of the pull but I held onto it anyway with just fingertips by the time I lowered it under control to the ground.
This will be my baseline to work from for the contest. I’ve had to drastically lower my goals for the contest post-back injury. That’s okay though because it’ll be nice to see everyone again and the friendly competition is always welcome. Just wish I was going to be 100% so I could hold my own better for the most part.