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I hurt; The Mockingbirds.

After a week of very heavy training, my body feels like it’s been dropped from a building and then run over by a train. Everything is sore this morning – even my back, which I trained last Monday! My delts rarely experience DOMS, but even they are on fire this morning.

I have to say, I’ve really enjoyed this past week. It’s been nice to take a hiatus from my usual hypertrophy training. Focusing on strength-building by utilizing big, heavy compound moves is always extremely satisfying on a very primal level. 🙂

I know that my strength is going to increase pretty quickly, so I’m going to have to be very careful to avoid injury. I’ve got some old injuries that are not a problem when I’m training for hypertrophy using moderately challenging weights, but these injuries tend to rear their ugly faces whenever I start piling on the plates.

I have a family of mockingbirds living in the holly in my backyard. I’ve been following their lives since spring, watching them with fascination as I perform my morning cardio. It all started as a lone male, singing songs for hours on end from his favorite perch in my backyard. He eventually attracted a mate, and they built a nest together. Not too long after that, the nest was adorned with 4 beautiful speckled eggs. A couple days ago, the eggs hatched! If you are interested, here’s the complete story along with some photographs that I took yesterday evening.