Then the next "wrench" gets thrown at me….I get into a car accident this past Sunday. No major injuries in either car, but my car got totaled and I did go to the hospital to get X-rays on my left elbow. I think I hyper extended it. Thought I broke it (no broken bones). So of course what does the ER doctor tell me to do? "Avoid all strenuous exercise for at least 4 weeks…" Telling this to a 40 year old powerlifter getting ready for an RKC weekend is like telling a fish he can’t swim for 4 weeks! So what do I do? The next day I do my entire workout avoiding anything that hurt my elbow. Swings felt great (both 2 hand and 1 hand). Goblet squats- fine. TGU’s on both sides-fine. C&P (right arm only)- fine, snatch (right arm only)- fine. The only thing I can’t do right now is snatch on my left side and C&P on my left side. I did try it with a 15 pound KB and discovered that its the impact of the catch during snatches and C&P’s that bother the elbow (I definitely do not let the KB slam into my arm…I’ve been working with an RKC). I can bend it with slight pain but C&P’s and snatches are out of the question right now on the left side.
So, my plan right now is to hit swings, swings, and more swings so as to keep my conditioning up. I will do snatches with my right arm only, swings with my left. Goblet squats instead of rack squats. Obviously my biggest concern is how is this going to effect my snatch test (if it even heals by then)? If it still hurts like 2 weeks before the weekend, should I cancel? What’s involved in canceling? I don’t want this to happen since I’ve dedicated 6 months prepping for this but it may be inevitable if this isn’t healed