As we all know your rock-star status and frequent travelling across the world, I was wondering if you had any tips to offer regarding training after jet lag and/or training after some (involuntary) time off?
I am currently following a High-Frequency Training program (Pavel’s Grease the Groove principle) where I increase the weight after each block of 3 weeks during which I add an extra set on each exercise. Last week I was in British-Columbia where I didn’t touch weights for a week (but did lots of hiking), and when I returned home in Ottawa on Monday to begin another cycle of training with augmented weight, I was lacking energy during my morning workouts, which I usually don’t, and I’ve been having trouble lifting the amount of weight I usually had no real difficulty with in the week before my short break from training.
Granted, the 3-hour jet lag must have had an influence; but to this extent? Do you suggest that I lower the weight and volume and build my capacity back up to where I was at a week prior to leaving on vacation to let the body recover more? I’ve never experienced such a drop in energy and performance in my few years of weight training.
I’d be curious to know how you deal with interruptions in your training and travelling/jet-lag.