Last week was supposed to be my “peak week” leading up to my competition on Sunday, but if you read my last post you will know that things haven’t exactly gone to plan.
I allowed myself one day to wallow in self-pity and then put together an action plan. I am still competing this Sunday. I have been on the phone all day trying to get my root canal booked in. Almost every dentist in London is seemingly booked out until next week, but I managed to squeeze in on Friday. I have a consultation at a different clinic tomorrow, and I’m hoping they will be able to get me in sooner than that. If not, I will be that crazy girl competing in a strongwoman competition less than 48 hours after having a root canal.
I think it’s much more sensible – if you can call it that – to have the root canal and then compete, rather than trying to compete in the state I’m in (ain’t so pretty).
I’ve spoken to a few people and done a bit of research, and the general consensus is that I should be completely fine about 24 hours after the treatment. I know a few of you suggested just waiting for another competition, but unfortunately it’s not that simple.
The next competition I’d hope to enter isn’t until next year, when there’s a good chance I won’t be living in London anymore (we’re having visa issues, but that’s a story for a different time). I also think quitting defeats the whole purpose of why I entered a strongwoman comp in the first place: I want to prove that my accident will not define what I can and cannot do. It’s not about winning – it’s just about doing something I was told I could never do.
Anyway, now that’s out of the way, let’s talk about the final two weeks of my training. This is what I did last week:
Monday – Pressing and legs
Axle clean and press: 27kg x 25, 37kg x 2, 3, 42kg x 1, 1, 44.5kg – fail
Axle clean: 47kg x 1, 1, 49.5kg – fail
Back squats: 20kg x 8, 40kg x 8, 60kg x 4, 65kg x 3, 70kg x 3
Step ups: 25kg x 8, 30kg x 8, 8
Dumbbell holds: 30kg x 20 secs, 40kg x 25 secs x 2 sets
Wednesday – Fail whale
I didn’t sleep at all on Tuesday night, so trying to work out while in extreme pain and after only a three hour nap was a terrible idea. I thought I would give it a go regardless. I didn’t record the workout but I did some mediocre log pressing, zercher squats and sandbag pick ups.
Saturday – Back in the game!
Narrow log press: 30kg x 3, 3, 35kg x 3, 37.5kg x 2, 40kg x 1
Wide log press: 40kg x 1, 1, 1, 1
Axle clean and press: 27kg x 5, 37kg x 3, 39.5kg x 2, 42kg x 1, 1
Axle clean: 44.5kg x 1, 47kg x 1, 49.5kg – fail
Wobble hold: 37kg x 20 secs, 49.5kg x 30 secs, 32 secs, 38 secs
Farmers holds: 30kg x 20 secs, 40kg x 20 secs, 60kg x 20 secs, 65kg x 30 secs
I was extremely nervous going into this session! It was the day after my tooth diagnosis, and I was so exhausted that I fell asleep on the way to the gym! It turned out to be a surprisingly good session – no PRs but I managed to equal some of my highest weights.
Zercher squat: 20kg x 5, 40kg x 5, 60kg x 3, 80kg x 2, 90kg x 1, 100 – fail, 95- fail
Wobble hold – 43kg x 50 secs, 57 secs
Farmers holds: 40kg x 20 secs, 60kg x 20 secs, 65kg x 30 secs
And just like that, not so good! I felt so weak on the zerchers and failed weights I should have gotten easily (my best is 102.5). Anna and I dominated the wobble hold, thinking we’d both hit new PRs, before we weighed the bar and realised that we weren’t in fact lifting 50kg. Oops. My hands were cut up after doing farmers the day before so I kept it light (I usually practice the holds with 70kg).
Training this week
I’m doing three top-secret workouts this week 😉 I did the first today, and I’m also training on Wednesday and Friday, before my root canal! With some of the exercises, I’m just keeping it light and going through the motions while with other exercises I’m still hitting max weight, but for only one or two single rep sets. Each workout only takes about 45 minutes, which is a nice change from the two hour monster sessions of late.
These workouts are deviating slightly from the original plan of a full deload, as we’re worried about me resting for the whole week given that I’ve essentially just taken a week off (and also given that the previous week I was in Ibiza and not exactly training properly!).
I’ve gained two kilos since I’ve been back from Ibiza (I’ve been heffing down the ice cream like crazy with my sore mouth!), so I have to watch it: I’m currently at 74kg and have to make weight at 75kg for the comp. I’m just cutting back on sodium and wheat slightly this week to let go of some water weight, to make sure I have some wiggle room for a big meal on Saturday night!
Two more workouts and six more days – let’s do this!
For anyone who has had a root canal or any dental work, do you have any tips to help speed up my recovery?