My wait is over and it's time to gear up (pun intended) for April 13th. After some initial debate and thought, I will be competing in the 220lbs weight class instead of 198lbs. I'm currently sitting at almost 230, which is really heavy for me, and I will be closer to 222-224 by the week of the meet. Cutting weight is not something that is new to me, but I don't want to have anything substantial going into this one to keep the number of external factors to a minimum. My primary gear is going to be Metal Ace shirt and Metal Ace suit. The main thing is still in the air is what degree of thickness I will be able to get underneath my suit. I have successfully fit a single-ply under my suit, but haven't tried double-ply since gaining roughly 12-15lbs.
My actual template has been something that has deviated away from conjugate principles to something that is primarily rep effort and max effort. My reason for moving away from dynamic is primarily two-fold. First, I find it extremely boring and something that I don't get psyched to do. Second, and the most important part, is carryover. For whatever reason, I don't see much, if any, carryover from the DE.
I will have a heavy influence of block periodization on this template and will be focusing on strength building instead of strength testing until the final 3-4 weeks when I will start working on my first and second attempts.
Let the ride begin...