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Athlete Journal, Entry 66 - Time to Refocus

Sometimes, things just don’t work as planned. No longer had I ended my competitive season last year than I was very anxious to get back to competing again. In retrospect, I was a little too anxious, and now believe I moved too fast through my off-season training. This didn’t allow me to address everything I had hoped to deal with during that time.
Breaking Muscle Shop
chris duffin, powerlifting, deadliftAs I ramped up my training this summer a few things came back to haunt me, and I kept pushing my planned competitive meets back later and later. I had been trying to find a meet since June, but kept moving the date backwards because I didn’t feel properly prepped.

This last weekend I went to compete. It would have been my first meet back since the injury I picked up at the 12/1 meet last year. I had a fairly easy cut, made weight, and then put the weight back on. Then the evening before the meet, I got a stomach bug, spent the whole night up with diarrhea, and ended up having to back out of the meet. This shouldn’t have been much of a concern. However, it made me reflect on the fact that I have continually side stepped competition this year due to not feeling fully prepared. At this point I think I need to wrap up my competitive season, even though I never competed. It’s time to refocus and do the foundation work that I cut short this last winter to get myself properly prepared for next year.

From a training standpoint, I didn’t train last week. Weighed in at 220.0lbs on Friday.
Time for a new chapter in my training.