ok, my first year of training has come to a close. im taking the first week of 06 off to test my maxes, but once thats over ill be training harder than ever (hopefully). i feel like this year has been very challenging and between the first 3 months of the year and the last 3 months of the year i have made literally all my gains, 5 of the other months were spent trying to get stronger but getting weaker and the other was me getting on the right track and back up to speed. at any rate, i feel like things are starting to look up, i have gotten through my first year with only very minor injuries (so far! knock on wood ) and have made some decent strength gains despite having things pretty much fall apart through the middle of the year.
a quick review of my year.
anyway, as of right before everything went wrong, these were my year end goals, and they still are.
well, i dont know how things will turn out. the bench looks doubtful, but im pretty sure i can hit 240. the squat should be easy i ATF squatted 260 for 4 sets of 4 on monday; im not used to squatting paralell though, which is how im going to max, so i wont get all that much more strength going to paralell (it will definitley be enough though). my deadlift is the one i feel best about, ive deadlifted 360 (ie: 10 lbs more than my max, so ive already made it) for a triple and it was not a strong feeling day. though i dont list it, i actually hope i can hit 405 next week and im not all that far off (if i can just get really phyched up lol). im probably going to miss the mil press by ~15 lbs, but we'll see, since im used to doing the exercise pre-fatigued i will have an extra kick when im maxing it out by itself. the clean is iffy and probably not going to happen. i switched to powercleans earlier in the year and never adjusted my max to a powerclean, so even though i can PC around 165 for several reps, i doubt i can get a rep off with 200, it will just be too heavy. gotta hope though, and im going to try my best to make my goals. as i see it, if i was able to do them all then i made them too easy, its important to set the bar high.
im also cutting. i want to be as lean as possible to be in the lightest pl'ing weight class possible, but i'd also like to be the strongest guy in my school (im definitley an underdog for that one, but the guys benching in the lower 300's have been there for a couple years stagnating, and i just might be able to get up there in the next year). so once i'm at a very lean weight, theres a good chance i'm going to just turn around and bulk right back up without competing at that class.
well, i have some cool ideas that im gonna try out next year and im looking forward to having several months to reach whatever goals i set rather than having a sudden wake-up call in september. i just hope i remember to keep it simple (bolded for my sake so i dont forget and do something too out there )
ill post my year end maxes (which, ironically, im testing during the first week of next year) after i make them. hopefully i keep up with this journal unlike in the past lol.