Grizzly Way 130501 (The Thing About Backloading)
I have really taken a shining to carb backloading – I adore the science but more than anything I credit CDBL and Eat to Perform’s interpretations and tools for getting me on the other side of my stupid Crossfit/Paleo low-carb obsessions. Carb backloading got me from a place of eating for recovery/hunger to eating for training, getting the nutrition my body would need for the next day. The problem with this is, if you mess it up, you’re gonna be riding a rocky mine cart for awhile (think Temple of Doom), coming off the rails big time. Monday night I got home and had literally no appetite, I got my post-training shake down but couldn’t even think about eating a solid food dinner. I managed to squeeze down some ground beef and veggies but it was far from the backloading meal my body needed. The funny part is that yesterday’s training wasn’t affected as bad as I was expecting, but today clearly suffered from it. My fully carb loaded weight should be somewhere from 215-218, this morning I weighed in at 212 which should’ve been my first clue of the storm brewing.
Mid-thigh Snatch from blocks or hang 3 @ 50%, 3 @ 60%, 3 @ 70%, 3 @ 80%, 1 @ 85%
95; 115; 135; 145; 155
Snatch High Pull from blocks or hang 4 x 3 @ 90%
Front Squat 3RM
Snatching today was really frustrating. I’ve been doing the same warmup routines for about 4 weeks now, and they’ve helped a lot. For the first time in, probably ever, I’ve been feeling good about my overhead squat with just the barbell, and I’m starting to get the bar path down pretty good. I even got myself to jump backwards a bit and not flare my feet out all crazy. My power snatch to overhead squat complex actually felt smooth and fluid. Then I started adding weight and suddenly *whoomf* all my old bad habits. Mike doesn’t program my olympic work above 85% often so that felt fantastic – I’d love to work on those more often. Clearly pulling strength is not my issue, I can rip 95% to my eyeballs without any issue multiple times. Front squats is where I really paid my price for messing up my eating, my form was okay, not stellar but I’ve definitely squatted with worse technique, the leg and particularly trunk/back strength is where I really fell apart.
Missing a 3RM I hit 4 weeks ago doesn’t really do my mood any favors. Time to find some positives… hopefully my regular phone consult with Mike will help me get a bit more perspective.