This past weekend I made the choice to it attend the Mid Atlantic Hopper Challenge. Last year at this awesome event I was able to walk away with 2nd place, and when they announced it this year, I was so ready to move up that one spot! But, after a good showing at The SuperFit team event the weekend before, and getting a slight cold in the middle of the week, I decided to give up my spot. This turned out to be a great, great choice on my part, and here is why:
My programming is rocking my world. I was able to a lead shock myself with a 3RM back squat at 445 and a bench at 300, and I am only two weeks out of working my new 1RM's. the details of this program are pretty intense and I really don't like the idea of screwing with it all that much. I was able to battle through the pain of SuperFit and still feel pretty good with the week. But, if I had done a 2-day individual event, right at the tail end of a little cold, I would probably need at least a couple days off to get my body and mind right. Also, my program is so heavily based on keeping my nervous system and muscular system in tune, I know I would be all to of whack after a competition.
A of now, I am feeling so fresh going in to tomorrow's training, it's actually kind of exciting. The second main reason I am happy I didn't compete this weekend is because of the workouts that came out. Wile all of them were workouts I'm pretty sure I would have done really well at, they would have CRUSHED me! Let's run through the basics: heavy snatches, pistol squats, heavy overhead squats, burpees, rowing, heavy front squats, toes to bar, running, heavy clean, and some more. For those of you who aren't programming geeks, the massive similarity between all these movements is the large hip flexion and extension needed to perform each one. Every single workout included wither really heavy hip dominants, or light and really high rep hip dominance. Basically, my hips and quads would have been needing a solid week vacation. The idea of working through my final prep week before maxing would be impossible. Then, I would have to figure out how t get my nervous system back on track as well. So again, thank god I chose not to compete, I was really hard not too, not gonna lie, but I'm happy I didn't.
Now that being said, I will admit to eating a little poorly this weekend. I had a few drink, and a little too much sugar. I'm not really all that concerned to be honest, I enjoyed it all and didn't feel like it was out of some emotional lack of control. The reason I mention it here is that I have been so aware of how this stuff is effecting me the second I eat it. I can literally feel my body just soak up liquids and hold on to them. I never really felt bloated after eating sugar, but now that I'm aware of my issue with liquid retention, I really can feel how my body react to sugar and alcohol. It's actually kind of cool. I am way, way less concerned about eating too much meat or something like that, it's the straight sugar I have to watch out for. I'm not rally at a point where I can break this down into too much detail, I am still at the beginning stages of figuring it all out. But I know it's always really exciting for me to start actually feeling this stuff. Learning it is cool. Reading about it all is cool. Believing it is cool, yeah. But feeling the body react to things is a whole different level of knowledge and education. Awesome.
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