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The big picture is starting to come together, despite all of the speed bumps along the way. The torn fascia is not 100%, and I doubt it will be for the contest. Nonetheless, I believe I will still be able to put up a pretty competitive number in the deadlift for the Arnold. Training and competing really teach you a lot about life. Preparing for this competition has given me the opportunity to experience a very valuable learning process. Things do not always go the way you would like them to. The important thing to do is to respond to the situation, rather than react. Reacting involves a lot of emotion that can often lead to regret and lack of success. Responding, on the other hand, involves the expression of character that has been built up over many years. When you respond to an adverse situation you do two things:
1. Make the most of what is in your control
2. Learn from the situation
Things turn out the best for those that make the best of the way things turn out.
I finally pulled from the floor with a suit and belt to determine where my opener would be for the Arnold. I pulled an easy 715 and then pulled a considerably harder 755. Given some time to recover from training in general and to let the fascia heal a little more, I still think it is reasonable to think somewhere between 777 and 793 will go up at the Arnold. I will probably open up at 722 and see where things go from there.
The biggest deficit in my training right now is my top end strength. This used to be my strong point by a long shot. However, with the torn fascia I have not been able to train the rack deadlift work as heavy as I usually do and this has hurt my lock-out strength some. The one change I did make in training to try and compensate for having to back off on the rack work is to go from Serape RDL’s to regular RDL’s, so I could go heavier and give that top end some heavier loads.
Less than two weeks to go. I will probably go for a beltless 5-RM on the box squat this week and then hit rack deadlifts from 15” off of the ground for my final pulling session. I will still keep the weights conservative for the rack deadlifts – probably something like 3-5 singles at 90%.
Make sure to stop by the HMB booth if you are planning on making a trip to the Arnold!