A Week of PR’s, Chicago Pizza, and Burgers

Last week was one of the best weeks I have had in a long time. After the Crossfit games open sectionals ended, I decided to take a week off of CF to sleep in an extra hour every day, to let my shin splints heal and to focus on getting some PR’s in my lifts. All of these goals were accomplished, along with a few other surprises. More about these topics in a few minutes.

After making a stupid decision 3 years ago to take off a year from college, a decision that I have spent 3 years kicking myself in the ass for making and the last year in community college maintaining a 3.9 GPA to prove that I really wanted to get back and finish my 4 year degree, I finally received my re-admission letter from the University on Thursday. To say that I was relieved would be a gross understatement. I have been stressing about re-admission for the better part of a year, and it was great to get that off my chest.

To celebrate, my wife brought home a behemoth that atlas would have trouble supporting. In layman’s terms, she brought home a Chicago deep dish pizza. My life was forever changed after that.

This will humble the mighty and swole the famished

This was my first experience with a Chicago style pizza, and it is one of the best experiences I have ever had. So good in fact, that after buying another 345 pound barbell set, I went back and bought another pizza to keep in the fridge and eat over the weekend. I usually can put away a whole pizza, but I struggled to finish 3 1/2 of these slices. I am ashamed.

This pizza binge set off a weekend food binge that looked something like this:

Needless to say it was a great weekend. For some reason I actually was 2 pounds lighter Monday morning than i was Friday morning. The metabolism works in mysterious ways.

As far as taking time off from CF to focus more on my lifts, it was a great decision. I have steadily been increasing weight on my lifts since I started following Rippetoe’s method and incorporating some Westside Barbell programming in for good measure. I wish I would have started focusing on strength earlier versus focusing on a quick benchmark WOD time, but better late than never. I have a ways to go before I get my lifts up to a worthwhile weight that I consider great, so I will keep working on it and kicking it in the ass.

Front Squat-20 pound increase

Bench Press-10 pound increase

Press-5 pound increase

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