I’m excited for the meet, no doubt about it. But when our training cycle is winding down, I get really excited for what comes AFTER the meet. It’s change…change of pace, workout plans, and a break from the trials and tribulations of the mental game; at least for a few weeks.
I’m not going to lie, 3 to 4 weeks before every meet I get a case of the “f@%k-its”. My body is tired, my mind is tired and I’m wanting to do something different. I feel guilty that I lose my drive and motivation on occasion, but Jim cracks a smile when he overhears us “airing our grievances” and as always, says “I understand.” From his experience he knows that women who lift heavy can physically and mentally handle intense gain-based workouts for 10-12 weeks before their minds and bodies are needing a change of pace. Which I imagine, is why our meet training cycle lasts precisely 12 weeks.
Post-meet, we’ll back down on weight and volume, incorporate more accessory work and add more (powerlifter-appropriate) cardio/conditioning. It’s exciting. The change in training keeps us interested and motivated but also allows our bodies to recover while still focusing on form and mobility. Switching it up keeps me from truly getting burned out, which I am ever thankful for because I truly love being in the gym. So for this next couple of weeks, before the big day, myself and the other lifters will power through the tiredness and after competition, with the new training cycle, we’ll get right back at it.