Well, I'm closing in on 8 weeks left of my offseason. I know, I know, who the hell counts down the rest of their offseason? Umm, I do. Because I'm crazy. As I'm writing this, I'm finally coming down from a great back workout tonight. So far, this has been another pretty good week in the books as far as training goes. Monday's delt and chest workout was a little rough, though. I've been having a ton of pain in my joints again, particularly my shoulders, elbows, and wrists. I'm pretty sure it's not tendonitis because the pain is equal on both sides, and it's more of an achy feeling rather than the sharper pain I get from tendonitis. I'm apt to think it's more from my recent surge in strength and my increasing weight, so I'm not too worried about it. But it did make training painful on Monday night; though, the workout was still good overall. Sunday's quad workout was done solo since my training partner was away racing. Despite my hamstring pain and struggling with squats, I've had a couple of really great leg workouts the past couple of weeks. I've been able to really dig deep and pull out some reps that I didn't think I had in me. It's such a great feeling to have that drive back again. There's nothing like waking up the day after a leg workout and having that deep down, bruised feeling in your quads.
One thing I think I need to start being a little mindful of is the drastic progress my quads seem to be making this offseason. I'm a little concerned that my hams and glutes aren't caught up...hell, I know for a fact they're not. Rather than pull back on my quad training, I know I need to step up my ham/glute workouts. Unfortunately, I inevitably run into the same problem week after week with this injured hamstring. It's not the pain that gets me (well, not always), it's the numbness and lack of connection during training. It's even affecting my quad growth. It's pretty clear that my right quad is more developed than my left, and I'm hoping that once I'm in contest shape, that discrepancy won't be as blatant. I try to focus on feeling my left quad and/or ham depending on what exercise I'm doing, but there's still a lack of connection (that I'm desperately hoping isn't nerve damage).
Anyway, I seem to still be heading back to a good place with regard to my training. I hesitate to even say anything about where I'm at for fear of jinxing myself. But I've been doing well with just taking each day and each workout for what it is and hopefully be able to just string a few good ones together that will eventually lead to a solid final 2 months of the offseason.
As a little side note, I had a kind of funny-haha moment tonight when I was food shopping after the gym. As is typical for me in the offseason, my shopping cart was packed with tons of ground beef, chicken, eggs, cashews etc...you know, the usual bodybuilder fare. I also happened to have thrown a copy of the latest MD in there. Well, the kid who was bagging my stuff stops to glance at the cover of the magazine, looks at all my food, then looks at me and goes, "Guess you're into that bodybuilding stuff, huh?" Uhhh, duh. He then asks me if I'm going to eat all that food myself, which, of course, I am. He finishes by saying, "Yeah, I can tell...you're pretty jacked. How much do you bench?" Aaah, yes, all roads lead to that inevitable million-dollar question. But I don't bench, like ever. Just once, I'd like someone to ask me how much I squat or deadlift.