In December of 2020, I had knee surgery. Luckily, I recovered fairly quick and was able to pull 455 in February of 2021. Not a big number, or a PR by any means, but a decent amount of weight post-surgery.
Last week, I pulled a new PR of 530 lbs. Not only am I happy to have a new PR, but I’ve realized I added 75 lbs to my deadlift in 1 year. Not too shabby.
Well, here we are again. Another year gone by, still essentially in quarantine, but still smiling. It’s been a good year.
First off, Ian started his university days and is pursuing a BS in Cybersecurity at Oregon Tech. At this time, he has completed his first set of classes with straight A’s, and already registered for the next set. So proud of my best buddy.
2021 also brought me a new job! I’m still with AWS, but have moved to a new group; I’m now Community Manager for OpenSearch! It’s really exciting to be part of an open source project with this much potential.
At the beginning of 2021 I set a few goals for myself. Let’s go through them and see how I did.
For a number of years now I’d had a goal of reading 12 books, yet somehow never accomplished that. This year I made a point of it and worked at developing a habit of reading, and I accomplished my goal. In fact, I beat it and read 15 books in 2021. Happy with this, and look to read even more in 2022.
500 lb deadlift
Heck yeah. Accomplished. Now to work towards 525, which would be an all time best for me, then work toward 575, which would be two and a half times my current body weight.
We definitely made a ton of progress on the garden this year. One big accomplishment was building two 16 foot long garden permanent garden boxes. Now, in hindsight, I don’t think a garden is ever something that is truly finished; therefore I’m not positive I can call it complete, but that’s the point isn’t it – keep learning, growing, and getting better with the garden.
Didn’t accomplish this one, but as mentioned above I’ve moved to a new role and this goal will change for the coming year.
This one was just so-so in 2021, and similar to the garden, I don’t think it’s something that I’ll ever truly finish; just keep working on it.
Goals for 2022
Deadlift: 525 – which would be an all time PR for me. Once that is mine, I’ll keep working towards 575 – which will be two and a half times my body weight.
Bench Press: 315 – bench has always been my worst lift. I’m going to finally hit 3 plates this year.
Squat: 500 – this may be a stretch goal, but I’m going to work towards it.
I do miss Hsi Lai temple quite a bit and I still haven’t found a place up here that I can practice with others. There is a small zen center not far from here that I intend on looking into.
Reorganize the garage gym
I’m so fortunate to have this gym. It keeps me motivated and is open whenever I need it. One thing I need to do is reorganize the garage a bit to make better use of the space. As an example, I bought barbell racks but haven’t been able to mount them on the wall yet due to my reverse hyper being in the way.
2021 was a fantastic year for developing my reading habit. Now I can work to dive into even more reading material.
As the community manager for this open source project, I’m not typically answering technical questions. That said, I intend on diving into the product this year to see how I can better understand the needs of the community members. Plus, it’s honestly really interesting looking software.
Not necessarily a goal, but I plan to continue building our garden and learning what I can along the way.
Now that the soccer season has ended, I’ve been able to train with a bit more regularity. One thing I’ve been considering is bringing back my training log. I enjoyed keeping it, updating it, and having it as a good way to keep myself accountable.
So yesterday was leg day for my new lifting schedule. The set of lifts I put together for this leg session is a lot, but should give me great progress.
It started off with squats. This is an exercise I had not enjoyed when I first started doing them. Not sure if that was because of the difficulty, the fact that my first gym only had a Smith machine to use when doing them, or what… I had steadily gone up over time, and yesterday I felt mentally and physically prepared to go after my goal. Now, mind you this is lighter than many people, but I am quite satisfied — only lifting for a little over a year, mostly self taught with some pointers from friends, I’m happy with my progress.
I was able to squat 315 lbs. Happy. Now I need to get that for 5–8 reps and truly own that weight.
Glad to see I’m about average on this one. It’s admittedly one of the areas I continue to feel I need major improvement. Here are the results from muscleandfitness.com. I’d love to be at least within that 18.8%, but all in due time…
What is the most you have ever bench pressed without a vest?