Firstly, thank you T-Nation (for this great community) and Jim Wendler (for an excellent program). Your passion is contagious and it is helping me get back (and stay) on track.
My question has to do with the 531 and vacations. I'm just getting back into it. I just finished week 3 of my first cycle this past week. This week will be my first deload week. Next week I will be be traveling on vacation. I do not know whether I will have access to a good gym. My question is simply, how do you recommend I manage these next two weeks? Jim said to use your best judgement on this and I evaluated some options.
1) best case scenario: take the deload week this week, hope I find a good gym while I'm traveling the week after, and move onto cycle 2(program stays as is)
2) take the deload week this week. If I don't find a gym on the road, this means taking the whole week off (I could still do calisthenics and conditioning that week). move on to cycle 2
3) repeat week 3 of the first cycle this week, treat the week I travel as a deload week (so if I have access to a gym I'll do my deload reps, if I don't i could do BW exercises), move on to cycle 2
4) any other recommendations?
FYI, I'm 5ft 8.5 in. 200 lb. during my 531 week, my max reps were squat 245x12, DL 290x7, bench 215x6, OHP 140x4. I'm not feeling too beat up right now. I feel like I'm getting stronger already, so I don't want to lose any progress I've made so far. Thanks in advance for the replies!