Events training and kitchen battles

Events training and kitchen battles

There are less than three weeks until my competition! Eeeeek. The organisers have just announced that they have changed the coolest event, a car carry, to a regular frame carry. Boo! I was really looking forward to that one! I had a pretty good events session last Thursday despite much adversity, which made me a bit more excited about the comp.

I am still spending my free time (although I worked 60 hours last week so hardly have much of that!) looking at potential places to live in Italy. My latest obsession is Cinque Terre, a group of five villages on the Italian Riviera. The villages can only be accessed by foot or boat – there are no cars or roads. The only downside is that the nearest gym is a seven hour walk away but I have more important things to worry about than getting swole. I’m sure I can find some men who would be willing to let me lift them instead, although I may have to brush up on my Italian first. Haha.

Cinque terre5



Monday – Squats
Squats: 20kg x 10, 10, 40kg x 5, 60kg x 5, 70kg x 5, 82.5kg x 5 x 2
Paused squats: 65kg x 6 x 3
Walk outs: 100kg, 120kg, 130kg – 20 seconds each
Good mornings: 40kg x 12 x 3
Leg extensions: 65kg x 15 x 4
Kneeling cable crunches: 60kg x 15 x 3

Em and I weren’t training in our usual squat rack, which meant we had to set the pins at midget height. Unracking the bar was the hardest part! My hips are still super tight so most of these were serious squat mornings. The weight doesn’t feel heavy at all – I just can’t keep my hips from shooting up!

82.5kg (181lbs) squats

Tuesday – Bench
Bench: 20kg x 10, 40kg x 5, 45kg x 5, 49kg x 3 x 4
Neutral grip dumbbell press: 16.5kg x 10-12 x 3
Lateral raises: 5kg x 15 x 2
Overhead cable extension: 25kg x 20 x 3
Pushdowns: 20kg x 40

Bench is feeling goooood. It figures, considering that my comp has nothing to do with benching.

49kg (108lbs) bench press

After dinner, my flatmate made me almond flour paleo pancakes with kefir yoghurt, pear and dark chocolate. OMG. She is just the best. It’s so nice living with someone who isn’t a psychopath, for a change.


Wednesday was a rest day, which meant Wahaca! I had steak and cheese tacos…


… and chorizo and squash empanadas. Wahaca is five minutes from my house. This is very dangerous.


Thursday – Deadlifts and Events
Deadlifts: 60kg x 8, 80kg x 5, 100kg x 3, 110kg x 3, 119kg x 3 x 3
Max reps with 105kg in 60 seconds: 12
Bent over row: 50kg x 12 x 3
Yoke: 107kg, 127kg, 147kg, 160kg x 3 runs
Farmers walks: 37kg, 47kg, 57kg, 70kg x 3 runs
Loading medley: 40kg sandbag, 40kg keg, 70kg keg x 3 runs

Thursday was a really, really rough day. Three bad things happened all in a row and I started having a panic attack. I was on my way to train at The Commando Temple, but I had to sit in a cafe for a couple of hours first to compose myself. London gets a bad rap for being full of unfriendly people, but I couldn’t believe how many people came over to ask if I was okay.

As tempting as it would have been to just cancel my training session, I sucked it up, had a pain au chocolat (not ideal but I needed fuel!) and trained for almost four hours. Luckily, I had the day off so I could devote six hours to the gym. Oy.


I started with deadlifts. I switched back to my regular style of lifting and, lo and behold, they felt significantly better.

119kg (262lbs) deadlifts

Although it sounds impressive when I say I trained for four hours, you have to remember how much time I spend resting (at least five minutes between each set) plus all the time it takes to set up all the equipment. It’s much less intense than you imagine!

The yoke walks were as painful as ever. At least I’m not so horrifically bruised this time, but I really hate this event.

160kg (353lbs) yoke

My farmers walks are definitely improving. I was feeling masochistic so I did three pick-ups on each run, instead of two. This is 70kg (154lbs) each hand.

Farmers walks

I finished up with a loading medley. This is my absolute favourite event! I have to load kegs into a wheelbarrow during my competition, but they still haven’t confirmed the weights. I’m really hoping they are not heavier than this, as that 70kg keg is an absolute bitch!

Loading medley

I was really proud of myself for making it through this session, and actually managing to channel my emotions in a positive way. I walked through Borough Market on my way home, and picked up a post-workout panini and smoothie. I also bought some wild boar burgers and bacon. God, I love Borough Market!



Friday – Overhead
Log press: 30kg x 8, 35kg x 5, 40kg x 3, 45kg x 3 x 3
Max reps with 42.5kg in 60 seconds: 7
Incline DB press: 14kg x 12 x 3
Seated DB shoulder press: 14kg x 8 x 3
Reverse flyes: 3kg x 60
DB bicep curls: 10kg x 12 x 3
DB side bends: 14kg x 15 x 3

My main working sets on the log were easy as pie, so this gives me confidence for repping 50kg! Those max rep sets are not fun at all.

42.5kg (94lbs) log press

Afterwards I ate one of my boar burgers. I will definitely be going back for more this week!


Aside from dance class on Saturday and a run along the South Bank to keep me from going stir-crazy on Sunday, I did not leave my house all weekend. I had SO much work to do.

I was, however, involved in a kitchen battle with my flatmate to determine who is better wife material, so I slaved away over the stove on Friday and Saturday night. First up was a chicken caesar salad…


… followed by moussaka, which took three hours to make. It didn’t photograph well but it was amazing. Wife me!



What’s your go-to meal to woo someone? Are you able to channel your rage into a good lifting session?

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