Recovery and Plotting my Return

Recovery and Plotting my Return

Jul 30, 2013

Honestly, this is going to be a bit less of a training log because well, I haven’t really done much training this week. This isn’t uncommon since I normally take some time off after meets. What do you do after lifing at Nats? Well if they’re in Orlando, you go to Disney World and ride all the rides you rode when you were a kid (Duh).


The Castle at Twilight. It actually seems bigger than I remember it…..

Also, the walking was good for trying to keep me from tightening up too bad before I had to go sit on a plane for a couple of hours.

So I felt OK on Monday but by Tuesday I felt like I’d been hit by a bus. This made travelling feel super awesome. Wednesday wasn’t much better so instead of going back to work, I spent most of the day asleep on the couch hanging with the fuzzies.

By Thursday, I was at least up and around enough to get back to work without being completely exhausted or homicidal. I also went to the gym. I knew I wouldn’t be able to actually train but I was starting to get a bit itchy from being gone so long. As tired as I felt, I really wanted to get back to training. I know that sounds a little crazy under the circumstances, but I honestly enjoy training. Even when it sucks. Of course I wasn’t really allowed to do much. A little airdyne, some stretching and mobility work.

And plotting.

We don’t know yet exactly when my next meet will be. The original plan was to do Maryland States since those normally happen some time between early November and early December. Unfortunately, I don’t have any actual dates for the meet yet. This makes it a little hard to plan a training cycle. The other plan is to maybe go to Philly and do the American Open. The downside to this is that it’s on the absolute last weekend that I can do a meet before we start training for the Arnolds and we’d have to travel and probably get a hotel. So we’ve got a couple of possible plans of attack on that front and we’re hoping to be able to make a real decision in the next week or two.

And there are some things that we’re going to need to do a little different this time.

I need more mobility work. I need to do a little more conditioning. Both are things that I’m just going to have to make the time for. The mobility stuff will probably be the hardest. As for the conditioning, I’m going to just add Wednesdays in as a conditioning day. It might be sprints. It might be prowler.  But I’m going to get there and we’re going to do something. I also just bought the first bike I’ve owned in about 10 years. I will attempt to not kill myself riding it. I miss the dare devil days of my childhood when flying down hills at completely unsafe and unreasonable speeds didn’t scare the crap out of me.

My shiny new red bike.

My shiny new red bike.

I also expect to be doing more walking since it’s going to be lower impact (and safer.)  And even better, I’ll always have walking buddies.

My walking buddies.  Just try and go for a walk without them.

Just try and go for a walk without them.


And finally, I need to take a hard look at my diet. I gained 13lbs between the Arnolds this year and Nats. That was about 20 weeks. On the upside, most of my clothes still fit (though I do have a couple pairs of pants that are starting to get a little snug through the hips and thighs) but the reality is that I can’t keep gaining weight at this pace. Something has to give. Right now I’m reaching out to some folks that are smarter than me in the hopes that we can find a balance between impoving my body composition and continuing to gain the strength I need to be competitive.

Saturday I was finally (because a week feels like forever) allowed to squat a bit. We worked up in a pyramid to at set of 3 at 280lbs. Holy crap my hips are tight. It felt really good to get everything moving around again. For a little light conditioning we did 3 rounds of 10 push-ups, 30 calories on the airdyne and 20 sit-ups.

Of course everyone was between sets when I went to take a picture.

Of course everyone was between sets when I went to take a picture.

I also got to watch most of the folks I train with total at the end of their strength cycle. They put up some great numbers and I can’t weight for the next cycle to actually start. Especially since we’re trying to get a team together to do a meet. This excites me more than anyone probably realizes. I hear the official team singlets are going to be hideous.


Possibly something like this......

Possibly something like this……


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  1. That extra conditioning is going to really help with recovery.
    Love the pics of the dogs,lol. I want one of those singlets.


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