Showing posts from October, 2015

October training recap, 3 weeks out from Provincials

Roughly three weeks left before the Ontario Classic Provincials and things aren't really meeting expectations.  Which isn't to say things are going poorly, just that I think my expectations are incorrect.  What I have been unable to predict the last couple years, has been how my late 40's age body will react to training, especially the higher loads required in a pre-meet peaking phase.  I can feel fast and solid at 80% but at 90% or higher, not only does my positioning lose consistency but the amount of recovery I need from those sessions is much longer that I remember in younger years (not really that long ago, when I was 41-45).

At this point, I'll be very happy if I can match my gym PR in the squat, 505 lbs, that I set a number of weeks ago.  I'll also be happy if I can retain my current bench press numbers over the last 3 weeks since I'll have to cut a few pounds to make weight.  Deadlift is another story.  It feels great up to about 90% of my previous comp…

September training recap, 6 weeks out from Provincials

September was a good ramp up to the final stages of preparing for Provincials in November.  I reconsidered my plans and decided not to compete at the CPU Nationals in 2016 so November 20-22 (whenever my weight class lifts) is now the only focus.  While Nationals are an amazing experience, the best competition experience a non-international team lifter can have, in the end, I just couldn't justify the travel expenses for something that only I could enjoy.  The $1000+ I would've spent on entry fees, airfare, hotel, food, parking, etc will be better spent towards a vacation for both Vivian and I.

Overall, I got in 17 training sessions and increased training intensity in all three main lifts.  I'm trying to balance training volume. lower back recovery, and increased intensity with my squat and deadlift workouts and so far, things feel pretty fresh.  I had one episode where I couldn't do my planned squat workout due to some unusually persistent sciatic pain but other than t…