I think I could have gotten by with 7 weeks and been more "phresh", however to use one of my most hated sayings...it is what it is.
I hit everything I wanted to hit already to be good for what I want at the meet, however this week is playing havoc with my mind because so many personal things are wrecking my shit, and because of how beat up I am, I'm not moving anything with the kind of speed and power I was a few weeks ago.
So at this point, it's all a mental game. I will probably still do some training this week, and then shut it down after Thursday. I have two 90 minute massages booked, which I am looking very forward to.
If I could have done anything a little differently during this cycle it probably would have been to go even lighter than I did. I still did not push things heavy, however even when you program light, after 8 weeks or so without a break, you start getting very crispy.
My left VMO is slightly strained, but I'm not overly concerned about it as I did some light front squats Sunday and it felt ok. So I should be ok there.
More than any lift I am worried about my pull. It was coming along just fine, and now I sort of feel like the bottom has fallen out a bit. Don't ask why, as I think I could have pulled 605x5 from a deficit last week pretty easily. Still, not having it move with the kind of speed that 585 moved with the week before has fucked with my head a bit.
I may do some heavy overhead work tonight, and some lighter db bench pressing. Next week I will do some light pressing on maybe Sunday and then take the next 5 days fully off.
Every meet is different, and every cycle is a little different but that's the ebb and flow of training.
I have a couple of plans in place in case I don't feel like my planned goals are there at the meet. I should still come away with a PR total regardless.
Hopefully I will be able to give a full write up day by day in Chicago.
Want to thank everyone who has been supportive of me recently. I appreciate all the words of support and encouragement.