.....read this e-mail, and thank Paul for his service.
Hey Dude I know that you and Wendler are Huge advocates of Disproving CNS burnout so I have a Quick story you are absolutely allowed to use at your disposal (if you so choose).
Last year I was deployed to a Mountainous region of Afghanistan. We had a self built Gym setup made completely out of 8x5 Plywood sheets, 2x4's and some of Hammer Strength's finest, Donated through Morale Welfare and Recreation. One evening I was training and It was Squat day. Did my 531 sets then decided to Knock out some Max singles and Triples. Did this for about the next 30 min and threw in some Jump-rope for time to maximize the Vomit effect. It worked.
Needless to say my legs were jello at this point. I go and shower and call it a night. Wrong answer. My squad and I get alerted that theres someone doing some naughty shit on the side of the mountain adjacent to where we're located. No problem. I jumped out of my rack- First indicator of bad news- and my legs literally buckle. Not cool. We get our shit on and move out. Quick sidenote- we have vehicles (MATV's) but due to the nature of the terrain walking is the only option. Walking..easy right?
The hill where Mohammed the terrorizer is located is about a nice 35 to 45 degree incline. So about 20 ft out the gate im smoked already. 45 lbs of body armor, 10 lbs of AMMO, a camelbak full of water. You do the Math. So we're trekking up this hill..remember the vomit effect? Ya it comes back in a bad way. My post workout Chicken Cordon Bleu is now allover the side of the hill.
We keep going.
We never find mohamed the Terrorizer so we call it a night. We head back. About two minuts after dropping our gear we get spun up again. Mohammed is back and he's brought friends. its now 0100 in the am and we've been up close to 18hrs. So we head BACK up the hill. My legs are numb at this point and Im panting like im ready to die. We get up the hill, finish our sweep nada- Mohammed is nowhere to be found. We head back. We've all been up over 22 hrs at this point. Smoked, tired fucking exhausted. We get back...
We get back drop our shit and half of us don't even shower we crash. myself included. Nappy time. I shut my eyes. One hour and 33 minutes later I get woken up..Dreary and feeling hungover. That feeling you have when you're woken prematurely and your body feels sick due to lack of sleep? Ya that feeling. We get woken up and told mohammed has moved and is now doing bad things on ANOTHER hill about 8 klicks away but to our reprieve we can take our Trucks. We get em fired up- grab our gear and go. Ive now been up for over 24 hours. Not including my "Sleep"
So we ( my NCO and my Gunner) I'm driving- I know safe right? So I slam 3 redbulls pipe in some Slayer through the Internal headphones and off we go. We proceed to drive in circles for the next three and a half hours looking for Mohammed and his friends. No Joy. Now someone is probably thinking "Oh driving thats easy" Let me remind you Ive already been up 24 hrs, My legs and Hip flexors are absolutely destroyed and useless and I orally evacuated everything in my stomach to the side of the previous mountain. We finish our patrol and we head back. I was sucking bad but we got it done.
This happened SEVERAL times throughout the year.
The point I would like to make is this. I am not a competitive level Powerlifter. My numbers are Tate and Wendler's warmup. This is not a "Look at me I'm a Badass" postings. Quite the opposite. But I can personally attest that most of you that complain, worry or are afraid of (gag) CNS Burnout, I promise you have never experienced It. The scary part is that neither I or my guys are even in the 'Special Ops' branch of the Army. What I described is everyday shit. I promise you someone ( a lifer) is probably going through what I described right now. He's training in a shed of a gym and then he's going out and doing his Job- taking it to the bad guys.
So please, instead of worrying about 'burning out' worry about whether you gave enough during your training. Look yourself in the mirror and ask yourself "Did I give 100%".
Again feel free to use it brother, I just get absolutely tired of hearing about it and if my little tale puts CNS burnout in perspective then Ive done my job for today. Thanks for all you do Paul.