Cliffs: Looked up regional non-tested raw bench record. Saw it’s a number I’ve repeatedly smashed with meet legal technique on whims just casually at a lighter bodyweight than the upper limits of the weight class. Signed up on a whim for a meet (my first ever) less than 3 weeks out.
Ego got the best of me. Took too big of jumps too fast. Wanted to put the record out of reach, not just edge it out. Stupid! Approached it like a quick and dirty prep to hit even bigger numbers instead of just maintaining and comfortably setting the record.
First I strained my left pec major. Healed fully in 6 days. Then I strained my right pec major because, again, I took too big a jump between my mock meet attempts. It’s been 4 full days since. It’s definitely not healed yet. If it isn’t healed within the next 6 days, I’ll have to withdraw from the meet. That’ll be $150 in sign up fees down the drain, not to mention the embarrassment factor, which will be humiliating, since I’ve been talking with people in my personal life about how excited I am to compete.
And the irony of being as lean, full, and dense as I’ve ever been, but sapped of all my explosiveness off the chest because of an injury that can’t even be seen. In my mind, it’s doing a number on my self esteem. I can’t stop thinking: “What’s the point of looking like a superhero if I can’t perform like one?”
So there it is. I’m preparing for the worst possible scenario. I’ve accepted it. But I’m staying positive that I’ll be just fine and still break the record, even if it’s only by a smidge. So damned what?
In the meantime, what would you do if you were preparing for a bench only that’s 9 days out and you’re dealing with a minor pec strain? I’m thinking daily light dynamic stretching for the chest to warm up the muscles a bit followed by some light static stretching for the pec major and pec minor to maintain mobility and promote healing. Jeez, I’d never thought I’d see the day when I’m watching Jeff Cavaliere videos learning how to stretch my chest to rehab a strain, but here we are.
Any thoughts appreciated