A week of ups, downs, side-tracks and embracing the grind

I really need to blog more. As a blogger for Scrubs Magazine and a Vlogger (is that even a word?) for Scrubs Beat, I’ve been siphoning all my creative juices, thoughts and opinions for them. As a result I’ve been hesitant to tippity-type anything related to nursing on my personal blog. I was once told to ‘save the talent’ for the bigger audience. I mean lets get serious here, there are a lot more readers and viewers over at Scrubs, than on my lil ole’ blog.

But I digress.

I’ve been busy as usual living the dream. Dividing my time between saving lives and improving fitness. This week at work was draining. It was busy.

Let me re-phrase that. It was a bit of a mad-house for 3 of my 4 shifts.

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As usual I can’t really divulge the details of that info. (I have to practice what I preach.. and keep that darn HIPAA ‘hippo’ under wraps). No need to go breaching protocols and breaking laws at the expense of ‘venting’ on my blog.

Let’s just say, I left 2hrs late 3 out of 4 shifts. It was one of those weeks. LOL.

Training this week sort of stunk. I think I may have been over-training? Or not enough sleep. Not sure. Regardless I was missing lifts and weights that should be a no-brainer lift. After this week’s set-back, I decided to change my game plan a bit. I stopped short of completing my previous program that involved high volume complexes and changed over to a simple strength emphasis.

I signed up for a weightlifting competition the weekend of Thanksgiving. So I’m exactly three weeks out and I need to focus on hitting my numbers and stop worrying so much about increasing my numbers.

I decided to punish myself a bit after a crap-tastic lifting session over last weekend and dig into some pause squats:

They actually felt really good. I’ve talked a lot about my fear of squatting heavy since my hip injury over the summer, and these pause back squats felt solid. So it was a nice confidence booster. And I wasn’t sore or achey afterwards, so no DOMS.

I did a lot of technique work with my Clean & Jerk:

And then played around with my OverHead Squat:

It was a nice rebound for the end of my week, after struggling with the basics. I took a schedule rest day from the barbell and decided to work on some dynamic mobilizing and then out of the blue worked up to a max static box jump. It was only a mild 1/4 inch increase, but an increase nonetheless. It felt good seeing as I did this pretty cold:

Work is going great. Precepting a handful of NP students right now, and I’m having fun watching them work through the process of leaping from classroom to clinical practice. It’s surreal being the preceptor and not the student, but thoroughly enjoyable. I definitely love to teach.

Our barbell club is finding its footing. We have a steady influx of athletes who are growing a learning every day.

I have a handful of athletes who will be joining me during that weightlifting competition in three weeks, so we have been pretty focused. The bad thing is I can’t really stuff my face during the Thanksgiving holiday, otherwise I might not make my weight for the competition. I need to stay in my 85kg weight class.

Coaching is still as fun as ever, my job is still as fun as ever.

Living the dream here people. Living the dream.