I feel like the most important part of this post is my recap of Street Feast at the end, so let’s race through the boring bits!
Monday – Squats
Squats: 20kg x 10, 10, 40kg x 5, 60kg x 5, 75kg x 3, 85kg x 3 x 3
Paused squats: 65kg x 5 x 3
Good mornings: 40kg x 12 x 4
Step ups: 11.5kg x 10 x 3
Standing cable crunches: 20 x 4
During one of my warm-up sets, I experienced a shooting pain in my knee. Instead of being sensible and stopping, I worked through it. It only happened one more time and my knee seems fine now, but it was scary nonetheless. I didn’t film any of my squats as I was training on my own and more focused on not injuring myself.
Tuesday – Bench
Bench press: 20kg x 10, 10, 40kg x 5, 45kg x 5, 50.5kg x 3, 2, 2
Board press: 55kg x 3 x 3
Lat raises: 6kg x 15 x 4
Overhead cable extensions: 25kg x 20 x 3
Tricep pushdowns: 20kg x 40 x 2
My bench press is feeling so good that I accidentally did an extra rep during my first working set! Also, you know you’re a powerlifter when you’ve got the mini weight plates out – it’s all about that 0.5kg.
Thursday – Deadlifts
Deadlifts: 60kg x 8, 80kg x 5, 100kg x 3, 110kg x 3, 123.5kg x 2 x 3
Max reps with 110kg in 60 seconds: 10
Dumbbell hold for max time: 41.5kg x 60 secs, 49 secs
Barbell rows: 60kg x 5 x 4
Barbell shrugs: 80kg x 8 x 4
My back is rounding. Tell me something I don’t know. This was my last deadlift session with Em before our respective comps (she’s competing two days after me, in powerlifting). It’s awfully sad counting down our last workouts together, not just before our comps but also forever. Sob.
Friday – Overhead
Log press: 30kg x 8, 35kg x 5, 40kg x 3, 46kg x 2 x 3
Max reps with 43.5kg in 60 seconds: 5
Incline bench press: 30kg x 8, 35kg x 8, 37.5kg x 5 x 2
Z press: 32kg x 8 x 3
Earthquake press: 22.5kg x 8 x 3
DB bicep curls: 10kg x 15 x 3
DB side bends: 14kg x 15 x 3
Kneeling cable crunches: 60kg x 15 x 4
My lower back was throbbing after the previous day’s deadlifts, so I was a bit hesitant about pressing 46kg. But I did it, and fairly easily too! I failed my sixth rep on my 43.5kg set, as I didn’t use my legs properly. I haven’t actually failed a rep this whole training cycle, so that felt weird.
For some reason, the core work I did during this workout absolutely killed me. My abs still hurt today!
This coming week is my last heavy week, where I’m cycling up to around 90 per cent of my one rep maxes. My last event training session is this Thursday, and my last heavy session is Monday. I will then take the rest of next week off in preparation for my competition on Sunday. I can’t believe it’s almost here! There’s still time for a miracle.
Now, what you’ve all been waiting for. On Saturday night, I went to Street Feast in Dalston Yard. This is a street food market which runs every weekend until late September. There are more than 50 vendors but they vary each week, giving you a good reason to visit more than once!
There are eight bars there too, but I sure as heck wasn’t wasting stomach space on booze. I made sure I wore a dress which gave me plenty of room for stomach expansion.
My friend and I arrived just after 7pm, so we had to pay £3 to get in. It was relatively quiet at this point, so we didn’t have to wait long to get our hands on the first dish: buffalo wings and curly fries with blue cheese dip from The Orange Buffalo. My friend was a wimp and couldn’t handle the hot sauce, so I ate most of the delicious wings.
Next up was pizza from Born & Raised, with pepperoni, mozzarella and a tomato and basil base. It was pretty good, but I’m sure I will find better when I live in Italy (!!!!).
We kept seeing people walking around with ridiculously good looking ribs, so we had to get our hands on some. OMG. This pork rib from Smokestak was absolute perfection, and the meat fell right off the bone. The use of the term foodgasm is entirely justified here.
I had heart many good things about Mother Clucker, so the next choice was a no-brainer. It was probably the best fried chicken I’ve ever had in my life. And it’s chicken so it means gains, right?
Up until this point, we hadn’t really had to wait more than five minutes for food. But, after we’d finished our chicken, it was about 9pm now and the place was starting to get rammed. We had to wait 20 minutes for these bacon cheeseburgers at Slider Bar. They were definitely worth it though! With the perfect combination of flavours, I could have easily eaten two or three more.
By this point we were starting to fill up, but we knew we had to make room for dessert. There was only one dessert stand: You Doughnut. We had to queue for almost half an hour, which was annoying as there was no one at the stand for most of the night. We went with an order of vanilla sugar-dusted donuts with salted caramel sauce and pecans, with vanilla and pistachio ice cream. It was just as delicious as it sounds and the perfect way to end an evening of gluttony.
We left at 10.30pm, having spent more than three hours gorging ourselves. I’m hoping to return at least once more before I leave London. I want to try some of the more ethnic options available and I need to get my hands on Anna Mae’s mac and cheese. If you live in London, you must go! (Note: I did not receive compensation for reviewing my time at Street Feast, but I would happily accept payment in the form of burgers for future visits 😉 )
Sunday was spent nursing a food hangover (thank goodness I’m not cutting weight, right?), and working on my ebook. If all goes to plan, it should be ready next month!
Have you ever been to a street food market? What dish would you most like to try?