Interim training – deads


Ughhhhhh my head hates me!   That is all :)  We will now return to our regularly scheduled, non whiny blog :D

Yesterday was a pretty good day.  I dont really remember as all the days kind of blur together.  We had someone drop off a cat in a trap outside the clinic.  That stuff irritates me!  Grow some huevos and just bring it in.  I have no problem neutering it and turning it back out.


This little dog came in with half its nose bitten off by a pit bull.  One must be careful where they stick their nose.


Went to sleep last night not really feeling great but hoping that by morning it would all be good and it wasnt.  One of the few things about getting old that I dont like is that the body gets wore down and it takes longer for it to get itself running back to strong again.  I honestly have not been sick this much in probably eight years and it irritates me no end!

I got up before 4 as I had pretty much been awake since 1 because I couldnt get comfortable.  Got ready and headed out the door.


dreadmill warm up that did nothing to stop my head from hurting.  It was one of those headaches that feels like an “I ate too much ice cream too fast and now my brain is freezing” type headache and I was hoping it would go away when I got my bloods flowing but it didnt.



*135# for 2 sets of 10

my hammies were sooo tight and wanted so bad to cramp up so I went very slow.

*185# for 2 sets of 5

*225# for 7 singles


I had intended on using 225# for a warm up and then moving up to 275# for working sets but every time I bent over my head tried to explode.  After failing miserably to pull 225# with any kind of decent form I just called it a day!  I start a new program on monday and I have a wedding to go to tonight and I just couldnt find any good reason to torture myself.

I came home and took 4 advil and laid down for a bit but that is pretty futile between the kids and the dogs.  I got to the office and started some antibiotics as much as I hate to I have way too much to do the next 3 days to be sick.

Today has gone pretty well.   Surgeries actually were done before noon but the afternoon has been crazy.  I am hoping to get out of here shortly so I can go and get cleaned up for the wedding.



Interim training – bench

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I do not like change, I am antichange!   I bought a new little video camera and it doesnt have any programing for making movies and it has taken me all day to figure out how to make a movie! :/  I had to buy a movie making program and I have not a clue how to use it.  Mr Carter wants me to label each lift, hell, I cant even make a stupid movie, how am I going to label anything :( ?   Thankfully David came over and found the video I had made but I am not sure that I have the patience for this learning curve!

I slept well last night and woke up before 4 and was out the door a bit after 5.


dreadmill warm up, forgot to stretch


*45# for 3 sets of 10

*95# for 2 sets of 5

*115# for 8 sets of 3

I worked on leg drive, staying tight and breathing but I am not yet able to get it all worked on at the same time.


db press

*60# for 7,7,6


lying tri extensions

*35# for 3 sets of 15



*3 sets of 6






*2 sets of 30


It was a nice easy day at the clinic today.   Surgeries went smoothly and we were done a bit before 1.  The afternoon went smooth and the lobby was never packed and crazy.  Days like this are kind of nice every now and again for a breather.

We are waiting on an emergency to come in.  It is a probable ruptured bladder in a 3 day old foal.  Surgery table is ready and we are just waiting and waiting and waiting.    I dont like to wait.  There are all sorts of things that I could have done after work like go tanning, go to the grocery store, go home, you know, just things :)

Interim Training – Squats


So much has happened in the past few days and I am trying to collect my thoughts!  I am a terrible rambler and I have been actively working on decreasing my word usage.  Not really sure if I am making much progress :)

Saturday I headed down to Tucson for a lifting seminar by Paul Carter.  He has a website, Lift- Run- Bang where he offers training tips, thoughts and advice and shares his thoughts with the world.   Having followed his page on and off over the past 8 months or so I knew that he had a good eye for spotting people technique failures.  Some people just have that knack.  They can watch and tell you exactly what you need to do differently to be better, Paul is one of those types.   Given I struggle with my form on every lift and have never had the opportunity for anyone to watch me in person to tell me what I needed to fix, I figured it would be good to go.  Also, having committed to lift at Relentlesss Detroit, it is very important that I get things figured out!!  I am way too prideful to show up and fail as those kids are way too important!

I was only going to be able to attend on Saturday so I was blessed enough to have few people who personally know Paul to tell him to be nice to me and I asked him if I could come in a bit early so he could work with me on my deadlift form.  He was very accommodation and I was able to be there an hour early for some awesome one on one training.

This was the first lifting seminar I had ever been to and I have to say, I am not sure I would ever really want to go to one again.  I would rather try and find someone that would work with me one on one because Im needy and want my issues addressed in private :D  My introvert self doesnt like the whole public thing.   The best part for me was the time I had before that was very one on one because I could ask all the questions I needed to without feeling like a retard in front of other people.  After that I pretty much just sat back and watched and did my rounds when made to and it was all good.

On the way home I got a call from my best friend and they had had a tragic event in their family and the rest of my weekend was spent trying to support and help in any way that I could.

I didnt sleep great last night and it was tough getting out of bed.  While there saturday I asked Paul if he would do my training program to prepare me for Relentless and amazingly enough he agreed.   So I am waiting for all of that to happen so I just winged it today and worked on my form which I am still not getting my ass low enough!!


warm up on dreadmill with stretching


*45# for 3 sets of 10

*95# for 2 sets of 5

*135# for 5

*155# for 3

*175# for 8 sets of 3

just worked on foot position and trying to break at the hips


working on low bar squatting


front squats

*135# for 2 sets of 8





incline situps

*45# for 2 sets of 22



It has been an interesting monday at the clinic.  I met with my financial adviser first thing and got things figured out for last years IRA amounts and then what can be done differently for next year to set more aside given that I am a small business owner and have employees etc etc.

We were so very slow on surgeries this morning and there were tons of walk ins as is the usual.  We had two dogs come in that needed blood transfusions.    It is awesome to do stuff like that.  It makes such a difference in their survival plus it is just awesome to be able to save them.   Surgery will always be my favorite but life saving medicine is good too.

photo(1748)Graham was the first donor.  He is headed to New Jersey in a week but had great RBC so we let him save a life before he left us.


The first receiver,  a cocker with AIHA.  She had a RBC count of 1.0 and a HCT of 8.  She would have been dead by morning without the transfusion.  The second donor was one of the kennel helps great dane.  I am so happy to have another big dog around because Finn and Angel are total blood donor failures with low counts.


the second recipient a hound that was bit by a rattlesnake and has pretty severe bleeding issues because of it.

The afternoon was busy and went by pretty fast.  Just finished with a castration and waiting on an emergency to show up.  I cant wait to go to bed tonight :)

The Cube Cycle 3 max effort – OHP

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I am exhausted!!!!  I dont do well on not enough sleep and last night there was definitely not enough sleep!   I had a massage from 5:30-7:30pm and David and the kids didnt get home until after 8 and so it was a bit late in getting to bed.  Then the phone rang at 11:30 with the stupid people who now own the golden retriever that I spent two plus hours putting its leg back together.  They had never put on the e collar and had left the dog alone and it had pretty much destroyed its external fixator.   At that time the damage was done so I told them to bring it in this morning.  About ten minutes later a woman called who wanted to put her old dog to sleep that had maggots because apparently the maggots just decided to show up at 11:30.  It took them 45 minutes to get to town and then they got lost for another 45 minutes so it 1 am by the time I got the dog euthanized and back in bed.   4 am came very early after that.   I was getting ready and the phone started ringing again and again.  Dude leaves message about his puppy bleeding out and vomiting.  We have parvo all year around here and so I was going to finish getting dressed and call him back and I will be damned if he didnt come pulling up to my house!  NOT recommended!  I was NOT happy.  Your puppy didnt get parvo at 4 am, it has had it and you have been not paying attention to it and now you are freaked out.  Needless to say, not my best workout after all that :/


OHP max effort


*45# for 5

*65# for 3

*85# for 1

*95# for 1

*105# for 1

*110# for FAIL UGH :(


*45# for 2 sets of 20


db curls dropset

*35,25,15# for 2 sets at 8,10,15 reps




reverse grip bb curls

*45# for 3 sets of 10




total suckage today :(



I was whiny tired at work this morning and I did not want to be.  You know how some days you just want to be in a bad mood, I have those days frequently but I didnt want to be in a bad mood today so I sent one of the kennel girls down to the little Cottage bakery and she brought back lemon bars and other goodies.  Very bad for my ass but good for my mood.  It did totally knock me on my fat ass after the insulin ate up all the sugar but it was almost worth it.

We had a something morning.  There werent that many surgeries but for some reason it seems like we couldnt get anything done very quickly and it was after 1 before we finished surgeries.    I made Devri wax my eyebrows and lip so that I dont look too redneck for my seminar tomorrow.  Thankfully it doesnt start until 10 which means that I can sleep until 6 as it is a two hour drive to get there.   I did ask Paul if I got there early if he could help me with my deads.  He was very accommodating and said if I got there at 9 he would help me.  I cant wait.  It will be a great weekend!

The Cube Cycle 3 max effort – deads

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Yesterday was off day from the gym and sleep until 6 day for me :)  I like wednesdays!  We had an incredibly crazy day at the office!  I dont know if we were slow or just that busy but it was after 1 when I started on the last surgery which was a complicated fracture repair with an external fixator.  It took about 2 hours of sweat and frustration but I got it put back together!






The rest of the day was busy with an emergency after hours and then bed.  Up a bit before 4 and out the door at 5.

deads max effort

dreadmill warm up with stretching after



*135# for 5

*225# for 5

*275# for 2

*315# for 1 all of the above including 315 done with no belt

*335# for 1

*355# for 1

*375# for 1 a 10# PR :)

I had planned on 335#.345#.355#.365# but after 335 I figured why waste energy on 345 so I jumped to 355#.  355 felt pretty good so I thought, what the heck, lets go for 375# and I be damned if it didnt come off the ground and all the way up :)  I did put 385# but it only came about an inch off the ground :/


not a good picture but can one look good pulling a max?


sumo deads

*225# for 2 sets of 6





glut/ham raises

*3 sets of 15


incline situps

*45# for 2 sets of 22



It was another busy surgery morning with a toe amputation and stifle arthrotomy at the end.  Once again I didnt get started on the last surgery until 1 but thankfully it did not take near as long.  The dog had a large OCD lesion on the medial condyle of the femur and the owner couldnt afford to take it to the specialty clinic for arthroscopy so I told her I would just do it the old fashioned way and she was fine with that.  It was pretty cool!  Took out all the damaged cartilage and spongy bone and sewed it back up.  Ahhhhh it is good to do interesting surgeries.


The nuns brought in a sick goat this morning.  We have an awesome xray machine and so I took xrays of it.  I think it has a blockage as it has been regurgitating and its rumen was hugely full.  We tubed it with mineral oil and placed an IV catheter so they could give it fluid.  The nuns are great clients.



The afternoon is cruising right along and I am tired and very glad that I have a massage scheduled for after work.

The Cube Cycle 3 max effort – bench

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Some times my days all run together and it takes me a bit to remember what I did when and what day it even is.   One of the things about getting old that sucks, the brain doesnt want to work as hard to remember things, or maybe I am just getting increasingly lazy in my old age and dont put for the effort, it is probably the latter!

Got up and out the door at all the usual times.

bench max effort

dreadmill warm up with some stretching after.


*45# for 5

*95# for 5

*115# for 3

*135# for 1

*145# for 1

*155# for 1

*160# for 1

*165# for 1

a 5# increase over the previous two cycles so I guess that is good.  It is not a PR but at least it is going forward and not backward.


pause bench

*135# for 2 sets of 3


close grip

*95# for 3 sets of 10









*2 sets of 30



We had a few ranch calls scheduled for after surgeries and we had had a few cancellations so we got on the road sooner than what I had expected.   On the way out of town we swung into the chiropractors for a quick adjustment.  It was awesome as my neck was way out.   Since I have been have massage therapy done I havent had to go to the chiropractor in forever but I needed it.    We grabbed some very unhealthy lunch and raced down the road.

The first place has been clients of mine for 12+ years!  Their son was just a kid but is now married with a son of his own.  I love going there as it feels like working with family!  We had to castrate and freeze brand some wild colts and other stuff.  It took almost four hours but it was a great time.



a few castrations.


some freeze brandingphoto(1698)


some had to be roped.



some cancer froze off


and some broncs bled!

It was a great time.  After that we hit the road and headed to Flemings TB Farms to castrate a few more colts and cut open some abscesses and pull some wolf teeth.   It was late getting home and had an emergency come in right after my shower.  I was definitely ready for bed!


The Cube Cycle 3 max effort – squats

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It was a great weekend of rest and a massage and Captain America and church and fingernails and rest!  For the first time in 10 weeks I feel good!   It is amazing what a little rest will do for the body and mind!!!

I have rambled before about Relentless on my videos and such and I was asked this weekend by one of the guys in charge of it to lift in it.  Now the other guy in charge of it had asked previously but I had told him no because, well because I dont feel like I will ever be good enough to compete in anything like that and it is busy and hard for me to get away.  Well the second guy didnt take no for an answer and he just pretty much told me that he would pencil me in.  I have to say that sometimes not being allowed to say no is good for you because it pushes you out of your comfort zone!


Here is to Relentless in October, I think :)

I woke up this morning at 3:30 and stayed in bed until 4 :)  Im taking in all the rest I can get right now as this is max effort week and I dont want any excuses for being lame!

squats max effort

dreadmill warm up with stretching


*45# for 5

*95# for 5

*135# for 5

*185# for 1

*205# for 1

*225# for 1

*235# for 1 which sucked so I tried for 1 more which was a bit better.

*245# for 1 which I missed by a mile!  I have got to figure out better how parallel feels because I am way way off!


olympic squats

*95# for 3 sets of 10

first time doing these so kept the weight light.


pause squats

*135# for 2 sets of 3 for 3 sec pause


box jumps

*3 sets of 10


raised the bench by setting it up on some plates :)




incline situps

*45# for 2 sets of 22



It has been a completely crazy day today!!  It started with someone showing up with a horse at 6 am!  I was already at the gym and then had to take the kids to school so he just had to wait.   We were short one tech and then one receptionist got sick and had to leave so it has been a go go go go go go day!  The guy who showed up at 6 brought us some very yummy burros for lunch which saved all of our bacon as we were starving!!

The afternoon was busy and we just finished with the last person so I am going to end this and go and watch Emma Mae at karate!! :)  I have more to say but it can wait until tomorrow :)