day 2258 – mom’s cake day

my regular tuesday olympic lift day went well, maybe because it being my mom’s birthday gave me the extra boost. i made all my lifts today which rarely happens. it’s odd to say my snatches felt very controlled when i have one sore elbow from all the falls. after some heavy lifting, enjoyed a family dinner at home and mango mousse birthday cake for dessert. another year passes by, another birthday celebration, but always celebrating with those who give me unconditional love. growing older each year makes me realize what i should cherish more

day 2216 – paused snatch complex

looking down at apex from the new warmup and stretching area. i went into the gym ready to do my third week of passed snatch complex, hoping to reach beyond green plates i couldn’t make last week. coach changed it up on me. instead of doing six times, he cut it down to three before going for singles. to my amazement, i beat my personal best by one kilogram which takes me up to forty three kilograms. i made two more attempts at forty four and almost made that if i hadn’t over-corrected it. either way, i’m happy with the new pr knowing i’m only two kilograms shy of the yellow plates. at the end of the workout, i didn’t think twice and just went for the back flip when asked to do one. this would be my first back flip on solid hard ground

day 2181 – pause squats

working those pause squats up to triples of 125 this week. pleasantly surprised myself, and my coach, that he suddenly decided to add a fourth set. the tech work and muscle snatches are really forcing me to get under quicker with my lock out and the pause at the bottom is helping me secure the catch better. i felt so strong and focused on all my lifts with no dropped snatches. the bonus is surpassing the pre-planned weight by a kilogram. i was so hyped after the session, i felt like i could continue to lift some more

day 2167 – spiderman far from home

it was a very good day. i had good snatches and strong paused squats before catching spiderman far from home with friends. i redeemed myself from last week’s poor showing by working up to two kilograms shy of my personal snatch record. also feels good to add five pounds to my paused squats. i walked into the cinema feeling great and perhaps watched my favourite spiderman movie of all time. i thought his newest suit is the best looking ever and wished that i could have waited before buying mine. this one is probably one that i would rewatch once it’s made available for streaming

day 2146 – rusty snatches

second apex workout since returning and i’m still trying really hard to get back to proper snatching. i’ll be the first to admit i’m pretty disappointed in the missed snatches that shouldn’t be missed. when the lifts appear to start out wrong, i give up on it far too early and clearly don’t try hard enough to save them. i was told off for doing so and smartened up after that. at least i made up for the lackluster lifts with some better back squats

day 2139 – back on the grind

i didn’t waste any time in getting back on the olympic lifting grind. not having snatched or cleaned for three weeks has had much effect on me. my workout consisted of both and i found both to be extra challenging. timing is everything for any olympic lift, every little segment of the lift matters in whether it’ll be a hit or miss. finished it off with some back squats. i didn’t do any heavy lifts today, but i anticipate i’ll be fairly sore after this workout

day 2118 – more squats

part two of the kill her legs pre-vacation special workout consists of fifteen on the minute cleans and a hundred back squats. the cleans, in my opinion, were super rusty and i never felt like i got in the groove until the second last one. midway through the first set of squats, i thought there’s no way i could do all a hundred at ninety five and i was certain i needed to lower the weight if i wanted to finish. sure enough, i was damn proud of myself for having finished all with the set weight. i learned my lessons last time not to schedule any physical activities the day after. i most certainly earned my vacation through the past two workouts