[quote]Colin Wilson wrote:
Age is just a number, you can run that “Getting older” shit on someone else. I don’t buy in to it.[/quote]
Oh, I don’t buy into an old fart mindset, but I do respect an aging body. I don’t know about you, but I hope to be driving this model for a long time. The better it operates and the less it hurts because of something stupid I’ve done, the happier I’m gonna be. I’m old enough to have acquired a few normal wear and tear issues and I’ve played hard enough to have added some baggage of my own. I didn’t buy into the warning about getting older and accumulative wear and tear until it started to affect my ability to work and enjoy doing a few other things that I took for granted. So suit yourself, but they say hindsight is 20/20. I’d sure as hell hate to see you spend a couple of decades saying coulda, shoulda, woulda eased up on the accelerator had you known then what you know now.
Well, yeah. But if you could still wipe your own ass and blow your nose then it’s not like you made a big huge sacrifice by screwing up a triceps tendon. Inconvenient? Maybe. Fixable? Yes. But not exactly life-altering stuff. Now maybe if that sacrificial injury took you permanently off the FB roster, deep-sixed your chances of ever lifting a weight again and forced you out of your career … then maybe you’d sing a different tune. Shit happens. And it can happen to anyone. You just never think it will happen to YOU. Especially not doing something fun!
Exactly. So do you think you’ll hit 500 at a lighter bodyweight? Which leads right back to your OP: diet or work toward the BP goal? (Um, FWIW, IMO #1 & #2 cancel out #3)
OK, here is what I think is the crux of your thread. You present two choices. At some point you’d like to go after each goal, but you’re not really sure you can achieve either. You’re standing at a crossroads, trying to make a choice between to very different goals. If you lean out, it won’t help you reach your BP goal, and if you go for the BP you’ll probably need to gain some weight and bodyfat. There aren’t many roadblocks to leaning out; just your own desire and willpower.
There could be some significant hurdles to hitting the PB goal, but you won’t know until you try. IMO, the BP won’t get any easier with time. After all, who knows what next FB season will bring? But it’s your choice. Nobody can tell you what’s more important to you now or in the long run. I’d just look at the big picture, try to evaluate what sort of process is involved in either choice and pick the one that resonates with you most.
I hope you don’t think I’m giving you a hard time. I’ve had to make similar choices and it’s never easy. But here’s the thing. I think you can achieve both (just not together) if you do things smart.