So much prep

I’m one week out from the comp as of today (for realzies this time) so lots of heavy singles– not the time to try to build a base strength, but the time to test how heavy I can go and how it feels. Since squats are still a weak point for me, I’ve been spending a lot of time in the squat rack.

This morning there were 2 other women in the free weights area with me, lifting heavy. Usually I’m all alone! It was nice. One of them was working with a trainer learning the 3 powerlifting lifts, so it felt a little bit gratifying to demo that, given time and work, she could have lots of weight on that bar.

Squat – 5x135lb, 5x185lb, 2×205, 2×205, 1×215, 1×215
DL – 5x135lb, 5x205lb

215lb is a new squat max for me. It went up pretty easy, and that surprised me a lot, I don’t know why I felt so good and strong this morning. I was going to set my opener at 185, but maybe I should go heavier to start? Definitely I’m going to stick with a warmup at 185, regardless.

I was tentatively planning to do a bit of heavy DL but I forgot to use the restroom again with predictable results and ended the workout early. Maybe tonight at home I can hit bench and DL (gonna rep out on lighter squats too).

Since the title of this post is about prep, there’s another bit of prep I’ve been doing: I have an SCA event this weekend to attend, it’s going to be too cold to wear just my linen shift and kirtle and veil, so I’ve been working on a 14th C sideless surcote. It’s made of silk lined with linen, and it’s all hand sewn. It’s taken me around 2 weeks to do and I’m immensely proud of it. It’s almost done– I need to hem it and finish the inside. There’s a problem, though: the weather is calling for heavy downpours on Saturday and the event is outside. My beautiful silk gown with its beautiful silk train is not being worn in the rain. I also need to do a bit more work on other garments, adding sleeves to my kirtle and throwing together an open hood, and if I have time a pouch. Those are getting sewn by machine…

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