I've always thought the mental aspect of training is vastly underrated. I've spent the last few months really focusing on getting my raw squat up to 500lbs. I did the smolovs base cycle, while my max was at a grinding 485lbs, focus and motivation was at an all time high as I could taste that 500lbs was right around the corner. So fast forward to Dec. 3rd where I'd finished the base cycle and had to retest my max. Took an extra scoop of pre workout, blasted the tunes and was completely in the zone. It was like an out of body experience, can't think of another time where I had that kind of adrenaline rush. I smoked 500lbs with relative ease.
Since then I did the switching phase, used speed box squats with nothing above 70% of 1rm. Got reckless and bounced some on the box so lower back is alittle sore but regardless, my motivation has been lackluster to say the least. Today was my first day back to heavier weights, everything felt off, bar placement, hip mobility, hit 455lbs for a few singles but they felt much heavier than when I did 500lbs. A few weeks back.
So I ask, could this just be mental burnout? An emotional dump from how much was put into reaching that goal and now i'm just mentally stagnant? Obviously I have the strength. How many others have noticed after peaking for a meet, or max that they feel wiped out, unmotivated, and generally weaker.
What are some things everyone does to get there mind right before intense training sessions?