Hi kjm, thanks for the kind words. As for your questions:
Are we talking first thing in the morning, or after you’ve been up a few hours?
Well, BBers get stronger as they get bigger (just as PLers get bigger as they get stronger). So if you train the way I outlined in the thread, you will get stronger. Admittedly, the training approach I’ve laid out is far from the most efficient way to get stronger (which is of course to train like a PLer).
Anyway, if I wanted to adjust my priorities from 100% hypertrophy to, say, 50/50 hypertrophy and strength, I think I would take a Lane Norton PHAT-type approach–train like a PLer 2-3 days a week, take a day off, train like a BBer 2-3 days, take a day off…lather, rinse, repeat.
I’ve never noticed this to be a problem for me (perhaps because I would rarely go longer than 36 hours or so without significant carbs). What I have noticed is that running a caloric deficit for too long definitely interferes with sleep–carbs or no carbs.
My sleep is not what it used to be–but then, I’m an old man, so the same can be said about many aspects of my life.