day 2533 – sip bowl

after chiropractor adjustments on my knee and shoulder, i met up with a friend for lunch in kerrisdale. not a lot of restaurants are offering dine in, and even then, tables are very sparse. sip bowl’s menu doesn’t offer many choice, but they’re known for their house noodles. the signature beef noodle i ordered was pretty good, but i think i would enjoy my friends cold noodle a little bit more. i really like their solid plank tables with their logo engraved

day 2530 – regular squats

steady progress of my injured knee continues in my garage. i’m excited to be off the box squats and onto regular squats. taking the advice and making adjustments to my stance the past few sessions to make it more sustainable to taking on heavier weights in the long run. the knee itself felt pretty good, but the groin was a different issue. good enough to do four sets with a plate on the bar. had a special guest join us for today’s session; i must say he was quite the entertainment. he did however make it difficult, so some of the workout got cut short

day 2526 – box spots

using my plyometric boxes as box squat spotters once again while i’m still in the recovery phase. the box squats felt better than last time so i added an extra thirty pounds compared to last week. i’m hopeful that i can resume regular squats soon but i also understand i won’t push it too hard too quickly. there’s still a lot of squatting ahead of me so what’s another two weeks of recovery. i’ll take the progress i’m given

day 2519 – cup marks

to help my knee heal in every way possible, i’m constantly using the suction cups and electrolysis stimulation. though i don’t do as much strengthening exercises, stretches and conditioning as i should, i still try to whenever possible. sitting out has never been easy for me and it’ll always be something i won’t take lightly, so i will take every step i can to ease my pain and rehab process. the biggest drawback is these suction cups leave a large bruise when you least expect it

day 2518 – box squats

i knew going in, that today’s lift was going to be difficult no matter what i do. i couldn’t do conventional squats without a proper working knee so modified it to box squats. box squatting an empty would be a win. it felt comfortable after a couple of warm up sets so started adding a few weights which soon became the green plates. pretty happy that the knee is progressing to the point where i could load some weight and bend as low as parallel

day 2516 – zoom meeting

i was just happy to be back training and almost forgot about my taekwondo zoom meeting in the evening. deadlifts in the morning garage session felt heavy, but one eighty five still felt minimally manageable. my knee is still in a great discomfort so being able to do any movement is already a win. i wonder if there’s still hope of making my two plate one rep max goal next week to salvage a completely disappointing june. i had to be very cautious with how my body felt at tricking, but being able to do any made me feel better and i have no regrets

day 2514 – push knees

even though i was told not to push my knee too hard too quickly, i felt the need to test the limits and keep pushing the boundaries. i kept trying to get into a squat position, but the knee felt super uncomfortable and restrictive and probably had only sixty percentage of my normal range. still, i’m going to keep pushing it every moment i can in hopes to speed up the recovery. it’s only been three days, but i’m already tired of sitting out. with the current state of my knee and finger, i will not land any new move on the floor to lift that bubble tea ban

day 2513 – national sushi day

the letdown was real when i had to skip my apex session and tricking class because my knee is in terribly rough shape. the only salvaging factor was my friends coming over for a garage lifting session. wasn’t expecting to do a whole lot without my legs under me, but turns out i untapped new territory benching ninety pounds for five reps without relying on my spot. the sushi for lunch afterwards made me feel a little better even though nothing will really make up for what i have to sacrifice

day 2512 – popliteus strain

i got very little sleep because i was worried that one of my knee ligament is done. thankfully my chiropractor squeezed me in this afternoon. he confirmed there’s good news – the injury narrowly missed my ligaments and had my hamstring and calf not been in good condition, it wouldn’t have been able to protect my ligaments. instead, it’s my popliteus and common peroneal nerve that’s sprained. everything around my left leg is in total shock and guarding all movements. he said i can’t escape the rest and i knew he was right because i couldn’t even straighten out my leg or put weight on it. he sent me home with a bunch of rehab exercises that i’ll have to stay on top of if i want to speed up the recovery

day 2511 – squats and shit

morning squat session was a little ego damaging if i even had any to begin with. i set out to do one fifty five for three reps, but had to lower that expectation and couldn’t even manage two good reps on my own. what made it worse is i hyperextended my left knee again during tricking class on something i shouldn’t have been so careless with. i don’t know how damaged my knee and ligaments are, but all the bad thoughts went through my head. it could be a long, long time until i get to drink bubble tea again. i wouldn’t be able to land a new tricking move, i wouldn’t be able to cut down to my goal weight, i wouldn’t hit my two plate deadlift or my one eighty five squat. none of these can be achieved in order for me to lift my bubble tea ban