A lot has happened in the the last 3 weeks since I had a good kick-ass training session. Charlie Sheen and his “tiger blood” have exploded all over with the help of the lusting media. Democrat legislators in 2 states are in hiding and Libyan punk ass Gaddafi is strafing his own people in an attempt to convince the the world of his relevancy. Yeah, unfortunately I have had more time to pay attention to all this lunacy.
The formula used to sabotage my training was simple: I combined structural imbalances with mental imbalances. Winning! Hardly. It’s been more like whining.
As I approached the conclusion to a nice training session, I did not complete the third work set to a rather routine ab finisher due to a strain in my lower right spinal erector and down to part of the right glute. Yes, I had crappy form anticipating the end of the session and looking ahead to dinner. I was easily distracted at this point, no doubt. It did not take long for the inevitable muscle spasm to set in and make walking and standing painful. Like most of us, I have my ubiquitous structural imbalances that are rarely adequately addressed, let alone corrected. Sadly, that may also include the mental imbalances as well.
The mental imbalance came out when I returned to the gym 2 days later to “see what I could do and what I could not”. Instead, full steam ahead with power cleans, push presses, 3×5 full squats and even some trap bar deads. To conclude the idiocy, I did some chins and back raises.
For over two weeks after that total capitulation of good sense and reason, I walked bent over like Groucho Marx minus the comedy and with a fair amount of pain and discomfort. (It is amazing how many nerve bundles there are down there!)
Recovery has been slow, at least to me, excruciatingly so, but I am doing it by the book with plenty of rest, some electrical stim, chiropractic, ice and Advil. I have been doing some ”Magnificent Mobilty” movements authored by Eric Cressey and Mike Robertson. Those exercises have helped now that the injured muscles finally let go of their iron grip.
This is a tougher injury to work around than others I have had since the big lifts of cleans, deads and squats have all been out of the question during this go-around. I am becoming acquainted once again with the virtue of patience.
Time to go stretch out a bit and then see what Charlie Sheen is twittering and saying on tv. Anyone want take this bet? I am fully recovered before either Sheen or Gaddafi are discarded for the “next big thing” in the news cycle.