Today was Trap Bar Dead-lift(TBDL) day. I chose to do this lift this past winter after yet another lower back injury. I have found it to be much easier on my lower back but seems to be a bit difficult on my knees so I am still evaluating my long term commitment to it.
In March when I started to get serious with lifting my 1 rep max for the TBDL was 230 pounds. Since then I had worked up to 250 lbs last month. This morning I was maxing out again and hoping to hit 260 but I was less than confident.
I didn’t sleep well on Saturday night and didn’t get to bed as early as I would have liked last night. I slept in this morning and felt a bit rushed. As I was progressing this morning 200 lbs felt easy, 220 lbs felt heavy but 235 felt good. I added weight to 250 in hopes of matching last month before hopefully going for more.
As I lifted the bar off the floor it seemed very heavy and in fact I didn’t think I would manage the 250 lb lift I had achieved last month. I did complete the lift and after resting a moment I decided to add more to the bar in spite of my struggle. When I began to take the weights off the bar I realized that it felt heavy because I had mistakenly put 260 on the bar instead of 250!
After that realization I felt much better about my workout and was very excited to have made a 10 lb jump. I’m slowly getting stronger and more fit and inching towards my goals.