22 Mar Dan Dalenberg | Post XPC | Deload
Entering a long off season after the 2016 Arnold XPC meet. Looking for a meet in late summer/early fall.
Lots going on in the past couple weeks, very little of it in the gym!
The Monday after the meet was my 1 year wedding anniversary. Chelsea and I took a 4 day vacation out to Las Vegas to celebrate. Neither of us had been before and we are working on visiting every state so this worked out nicely. Vegas was cool; I don’t really gamble but it was fun to explore and see some of the exhibits and just see the city really. The highlight for me was we did a Grand Canyon tour while we were out there. That place doesn’t even seem real, its awe inspiring.
We are getting close to wrapping up a long ongoing project at work. Most of my big tasks are (almost) complete. Every day has been a fight to work through issues and keep the project moving forwards. I like the chaos and challenge! I got to see this device used in a validation study when we had surgeons trial it on cadavers. Very excited for this to be available for sale in the coming weeks.
Danny is helping guide me a bit on being less fat. I’m already down to 239 as of this morning and hope to hang out around here. I’ve lifted well fairly light with a 755 squat and 700 deadlift at 235. My first 500 bench was at 247. So I’m thinking being closer to 240-245 is worth experimenting with. At the very least I look and feel very good. Being close to 260 wasn’t giving me much benefit. I got up there too fast and the results weren’t what I was hoping for. I looked sloppy, deadlifting was challenging and generally felt like a slug. On a brighter note- Chelsea says that I am snoring much, much less. My sleep has improved a ton! Energy levels are great, couple abs are sneaking through and my pants are loose. Not too bad.
Bodyweight manipulation fascinates me. I think that’s part of my problem. I nerd out on seeing how quickly I can make my body change, much to the dismay of dieters everywhere. 15 pounds lost in 2.5 weeks suckers. But then the problem is when I go the other direction.
I haven’t trained much. I actually just submitted an article on post contest deloading that should be published soon. Last night I squatted for the first time since the meet. 315 for triples on the buffalo bar! Then pulled 315 off blocks. I asked Brian to help me with my offseason programming, which we plan on starting next week. I want an outside look at my training again. More to come on this.