I am a little less than four weeks shy of competing in my first Strongman contest. I really haven’t had the proper time to train and plan a peak, as this whole thing just fell into my lap on short notice. I will be entering the novice catergory, so the weights used won’t be extreme, and for the most part I will be able to handle them.
I am not as concerned about winning as much as I want to go out, do my best, finish all events and not get hurt. At the novice level, this is all about feeling out the sport anyway, getting my feet wet, so to speak.
The problem I am running into is overtraining. I have been pushing myself hard, and making progress I would have thought ubelievable a few months ago. About a week or two ago, the progress grinded to a halt, gains are not coming, and I feel like crap. I show the classic symptoms of overtraining.
My current training is gym work 3x weekly and events once a week. In the gym, I train 5-8 sets of 1-5 reps. Events, I just do, not a lot of organization, just hard work.
So what should my next step be? I am afraid of backing off and losing some strength. I am afraid of pushing harder and getting hurt. I have had a good routine, and I don’t want to change it, but I feel something needs to change before something gives (my knees, back, shoulders).
For the guys (and gals) who have been there, how do you train 3-4 weeks pre contest?