Just went I had everything figured out…we’re starting from scratch. That’s a bit hyperbolic, its not from scratch, but this last week was a lot of trial and error, a lot of feeling out of control, a lot of discomfort for someone who likes to be comfortable. For someone who likes their routine, this week had a lot of changes, I switched from once a day training to and entirely different program of twice a day training, which in turn changed the amount and timing of my meals, when I get up, when I go to sleep, etc. The first day was fun, the second day sucked, by the time I got to Thursday I was so happy not to have to do any training. I have an entirely new respect for people who do this day in and day out. I also now understand why most athletes, when asked about diet, usually say they don’t track their food, they just eat. You need to just eat. I was obsessing on Monday over how I was going to get the right meals at the right times, how would I get all my calories in, etc, etc. You can’t. You just can’t. There isn’t enough time in the day, or brain power to spare to track and log and obsess the way I wanted to. By the time I got to Wednesday, it was just, “What food can I put in my body.” No I’m not going to Wendy’s, it’s all still good food, and keeping macros where they need to be, but not worrying about this much or that much. Just get it in.
The other part that you really don’t appreciate is how much it sucks to have to gear up and go again at high intensity. After Monday’s AM, the last thing I wanted to touch was the PM, that’s a whole new level of motivation and dedication. I’m learning, but it will take time. Embrace that suck.
I’m glad I took this last week to really allow myself to adjust to all this though, if today were the first day of AM/PM and I was also starting my Master’s program, I would be a wreck, worried about food, worried about class, just worried. I’m a worrier. I’ll take it in chunks, now I have a good feel for AM/PM training, recovering, and diet. Now we can add in the school. See what cracks first!
A. Deadlift*; 3, 3, 2, 2; rest 3 minutes
405, 425, 445, 455
3 rounds for time:
20 Deadlifts @ 255#
100 Double Unders
50 Burpee Box Jump Overs @ 30″
100 Double Unders
1 minute – Row @ All-Out Pace 344, 388, 339, 334, 341
rest 4 minutes
A1. Single Leg Deck Squats; 12 reps x 5 sets; rest 30 seconds
100 Thrusters @ 65#* 8:12
A. Split Jerk – build to a tough single 295
For time, 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1:
Back Squats @ 275#
Deadlifts @ 275#
I can tell this week made me better, which is one of the best feelings you can have as an athlete. It pushed me in a lot of ways I don’t think I would’ve normally tried. It pushed me to adapt to changing training times, volume, diet, etc. But it also forced me into a lot of goat work I wouldn’t otherwise have done or had time for. The rolling pistols are something I haven’t tried in months if not a year, and the last attempt I made at them was not pretty. These weren’t beautiful rolling pistols, but they were far better than previous attempts. I ran 3 miles, in 102 heat index, something I don’t think I would ever voluntarily do. I practiced my swimming. I just felt like I was improving across the board. I even think I’m getting better at recovering, though that could be all Marc Pro. I’ve probably used it more in the last 7 days than the previous 2 months. It’s honestly probably one of the only ways I’m handling the volume at all right now.
As usual, I have some random pictures from the week, mostly of food. I’ve done a lot more Paleo baking lately, which is something I originally detested but have found joy in again, given the right inspirations, mush knows. More than anything, it’s a tasty way for me to keep my macronutrients where I need them to be, it’s easy and quick to pop a muffin or two, compared to a sweet potato, or another shake and I don’t have to feel like I’m taking a shortcut or putting something in my body that doesn’t belong. Meal prep this week looks a bit different, instead of prepping 2 lunches for 5 days, I only really need to prep 5 breakfasts and 5 dinners, as my eating during the day really isn’t obstructed by class or training. So I won’t have any of the cool castles built out of Reditainers anymore; but hopefully still some yummy food. Khalua Pork is in the slow cooker as we speak!
Happy Monday Internet!