I finally hit 200lbs on my squat!!! And then I fucked it all up by dropping too low and jacking up my hip again! The Lord Giveth and the Lord Taketh Away (Your Gainz). I don’t mind though — I still did 200.
I have had so many issues with my hips that I just kind of assumed I’d never make it to 200. I wasn’t even mad about it; it was just something that I would never do. So it was weird and strangely anti-climactic when I just, like, did it. Slow and steady wins the race, I suppose!
I joked that when I hit 200 I would be done with fitness but now that I have I’m like… what now? What is Life After 200? I am not built for squatting – I’m actually not built for powerlifting at all (too tall) – so I don’t really care to push my squat to a certain number. I’ll keep doing it because it’s good for me but I don’t need to “get” anywhere.
My gym is doing Strongman Saturdays every other week. Last week we lifted Atlas stones and I was the only one to get the 185lb stone over the bar! And on my first try! A couple of other ladies at the gym who regularly compete in Strongman-style competitions are trying to recruit me. I had such a nerve-wracking experience at my first (and so far only) competition that it’s hard to want to do it again… but IDK, it’s kind of fun to train “for” something. Strongman stuff is the one area of lifting where being tall is not a disadvantage – when you’re lifting big/awkward things, it’s helpful to have long limbs to get around whatever it is.
I think I would like to work on pistol squats. I did the initial test below and rolled backwards so I don’t even have the basic mobility required — working towards it would be really beneficial even if I don’t get to the full squat.
Oh, I’ve also decided to go back to grad school?????????? ? ?? I would like to get my MS in Business Analytics. I have to pass the GMAT first though so step 1 is to get through that. I took the pre-test and I’m concerned I might be an idiot; hopefully studying will help with that.
I’m really looking forward to balancing school, full time job, teaching dance, personal relationships, the gym, and occasionally doing laundry! JK I’m going to lose my mind. There is a good chance I will have to give up teaching weekly classes. I would keep my student troupe around in a more informal form (i.e. no weekly rehearsal, more performance-based) and maybe teach a few classes online as requested…but IDK if I can do the weekly grind while also trying to do schoolwork. It sucks because I could really use that extra income! Plus also something about the joy of teaching dance.
We’ll see though. That’s not until fall. I guess studying for the GMAT will be a good practice run?