I’ve been deloading the rest of this week, but I think I’m going to go ahead and start cycle 3 tomorrow. I’m feeling good, I’ve been sleeping well, and I’ve been keeping the weight relatively light. I’ve had several 4-day deloads during the last 2 months, so I think that rather than taking scheduled deloads, I’ll let them fall where life dictates until I start feeling the need for one. I’ve got one coming up in 3 weeks for my 35th high school reunion, anyway.
On an entirely different note, I’ve signed up for the 2nd annual Veteran’s Day Strongman Challenge in Lee’s Summit, MO on November 10th. Same competition I did last year, take 2. Still only 1 master’s class, so I’ll be competing against the big guys again, but that’s okay. Events are different this year, and will be challenging:
1 - Log clean and press away 60 second AMRAP - 205#. Got some work to do here, since I failed at 210# last year.
2 - 13" wagon wheel axle deadlift 60 second AMRAP - 475#. I think I’ll do okay on this one, straps are allowed.
3 - Conan Wheel 550# as many rounds as possible, no drops - I have no idea, never done anything like this before, so I’m not even sure how to train for it. I don’t know if it’s shouldered or held in front of you like a Zercher’s carry.
4 - Stone over 48" bar 60 seconds AMRAP 220# - Again, no idea how I’ll do, haven’t played with stones enough to have a good idea.
So my mission over the next 4 months is to get stronger on overhead along with working on my log technique; get stronger on deadlift; get more information on the Conan’s Wheel and figure out how best to train for it; get some time practicing stones, and buy some tacky. Hopefully I can manage not to zero anything.
I also found a new, closer gym with strongman implements, Strength Guild in Topeka. They don’t have stones, they’re on loan to someone, but they have everything else I could want to train strongman, and they’re only an hour away in a city I already go to frequently. Looking forward to working there.