It's been a few weeks since my last strongman contest now. Leading up to that contest, I figured I would get a sanctioned show out of the way and get going on my training for Relentless Detroit. I ended up qualifying for NAS nationals there and wasn't exactly sure what my plan would be moving forward as I anxiously awaited the weights and events to be posted.
About a week ago, the weights and events were finally posted and after a lot of deliberation and talking to people wiser than me, I decided, oh why not. Given the fact that there are only four weeks seperating nationals and Relentless, I had some serious reservations about committing to both. But I figure, why not? Admittedly, the question, "What's the worst thing that could happen?" may have popped into my mind.
I've known for awhile that quite a few things needed to change moving forward with my training in order for me to see progress. I may have been told a few hundred times that I would be a lot stronger if I would chill out a little and recover better. I can be pretty stubborn when I want to be, but I feel like the challenges ahead are a good opportunity for me to make a fresh start and train smarter.
A few changes I'm making this time around:
- Minimum of 2 rest days per week
- Better attention to performance-based nutrition
- Prioritizing sleep
- Choosing purposeful assistance work
I just have to keep remembering that even though I may be doing less, more is not always better and I am choosing to be purposeful with my assistance work, do the things that matter, and set myself up for success.
My current plan for training for nationals and Relentless includes 5 training days. Rather than a seperate event day, I am incorporating one event into my powerlifting days. I'm still doing a decent amount of volume and programming accessories that I believe will best benefit my main lifts/events.
Monday-Light Squats/Deadlifts/Farmer's Walk
Tuesday-Overhead (Log/circus dumbbell)
Thursday-Upper Body Assistance/Dumbbells
Friday-Heavy Squats/Zercher Carries
I'm back to tracking my macros and my weight has been pretty stable. I've been sitting around 2200-2500 calories daily with one refeed meal weekly. I pretty much try to choose whole foods, lots of lean protein, veggies, and good carbs, but I don't train this hard to feel guilty about eating good food! Ice cream is almost a nightly thing for me that I'm not looking to give up any time soon. Hoping to maintain in the range of 180-185 so that I have no major drama when it comes time for weigh ins. This seems to be where my body is pretty comfortable training and where I feel my strongest.
This is the first week in quite a while when I feel pretty great about training. I haven't set any PRs in the gym, or done anything earth shattering. My powerlifting numbers are pretty far away from where would like them to be but I am trying not to stress over it and remember that I have plenty of time to get stronger. In spite of all this, all of my training days felt successful. It feels great to train hard, eat well, and recover!
Here's a little clip of a few highlights of my week of training: