A lot will depend on whether your peak is well planned or not, and of course external factors like work, sleep, etc.
Assuming your peak is decently set out and you’re following it properly, as it progresses you’ll feel shittier and more beat up as it goes on. Exactly how this plays will depend on where your heaviest week is and what you do between it and meet day.
Let’s say your heaviest week is four weeks out. You’ll probably feel pretty ok on Monday but by Friday or Saturday you’ll start feeling beat up. Three weeks out chances are your weights will feel the same or heavier than the week before even though they’re lighter. Two weeks out you’ll just want to be done. The weights might feel a bit better because they’re lighter again. Meet week you’ll rest, and by meet day you’ll feel rested. That’s the planned attempts feeling like shit.
Shitty means just that. Niggles will probably pop up, and you’ll need to do what is necessary to address them if you know what that is. If you don’t, you have to decide whether to figure out how to fix it or take a bet that you can get away with just monitoring it. You might even not want to train, and that’s just the fatigue and possibly mental stress. Those are all pretty normal and nothing to worry about. It’s part and parcel of peaking.
Feeling tight is an issue. It means you aren’t stretching and mobilising properly and that, during peak, can ruin your day very fucking quickly.
Technique feeling shit in that you aren’t able to execute properly is a major issue, and it means most likely the weights are too heavy. That’s on whoever is picking the weights and the solution is to drop the weights so you can actually move them properly. If it’s just the weights feeling shit but your technique is stable, that’s just the fatigue.
We peak for five weeks. Week two is where we take a fatigued max, and it’s towards the end of week two that fatigue really starts to come in. Week three is the hardest, where we hit a couple of a singles at 90 per cent of our fatigued maxes. They probably feel heavier than anything in week two. Niggles tend to kick in sometime around here too, but they’re usually ones I know how ti fix. Week four is hard too, but more because I’m just about as fatigued as I’m going to get and all i want to do is get things over with. The weights are lighter though. Week five is rest with a lot of eating, sleeping and stretching. By around Friday I’m ready to go.