Hi All - Haven’t been here long but just realizing I should be participating because there is obviously a lot of great knowledge here.
Situation: 52 year old 234 lb male who has only dabbled (more than a year ago) in powerlifting decides to enter a meet May 2021. He has ten weeks to get ready and spends the first 5 weeks ramping up on the big lifts and accessories at 5 reps, RPE management, paying careful attention to fatigue and eating basically right. Week 5 fatigue is pretty high so backs off 25% on volume but maintains intensity even continuing to set PR’s at 5 reps RPE 9 in all the big lifts.
Question: so how does it roll from here? I was thinking that if you assume just light technical work during meet week, then I only have 4 weeks left. I need to get to working with near maximal weight, say 2 reps at RPE 9 during week 9 as that will be my opener. And I need to drop volume week 8 to start to bring down fatigue for full recovery by meet week. So should I do another week of 5’s and weeks 7, 8, 9 do 4’s, 3’s and 2’s? Or drop to 4’s immediately and go 3’s for 2 weeks and finish at 2’s?
I hope this all makes sense in terms of what I at least think is going on. Happy to hear any thoughts and thank you in advance.