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Old 05-21-2018, 06:39 AM   #126
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Old 05-22-2018, 03:34 PM   #127
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Encouraging article, glad things are back on track!

We're not far behind you on the rainfall thing.
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Old 05-28-2018, 06:36 PM   #128
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Monday, May 28th, 2018

Weight is now 203.5.

I am incredibly happy with the progress the last week or so and I am back on clen so that is obviously helping. Moving forward, I am in the position now that I will be seeing conditioning that I didn't get to see last year due to having to pull out of the show because of getting shingles again.

I admit that I am a bit anxious simply because if I got shingles last year on just over TRT, it is possible that I could have problems again this year. For that reason, I am being cautious and working hard to keep stress low. Last year I had little control over the stress as everything got turned around with my wife's Mother getting diagnosed along with a myriad of other things that don't seem to be an issue this year. I still have some stress with my son, but nothing like last year. Still, I am being aware of how I am feeling and trying to work my ass off but still be cautious of not working TOO hard, if that makes sense. Basically, I am trying to be smart.

The loading every 2nd training rotation is working much better and I will be sticking to it, no matter what. Cardio and diet still have not changed and with me roughly 3 pounds below baseline right now, I don't see anything changing for next week, either. I feel like I am a bit on cruise control right now and I am just letting things work instead of constantly fucking with stuff.

Oddly, my strength is up - especially on legs and that rarely happens while on clen. I also don't feel beat up or low on energy now that I have cut the cardio down after realizing that the added cardio just wasn't a benefit for my condition (yet). I may need more at some point but right now the lower amount is working very well, if not better than when I was doing more. My leg training is better for it, as well.

As bad as I feel my metabolism is, it really does respond well when I am in a groove and loading consistently. I think I have a "bad" metabolism until I get deeper into prep and the Skiploads are large and consistent and then I think my metabolism responds dramatically different. I still have a lot of work to do and I have to get leaner but I am in a good spot based on the time left for this prep and where I am right now.

I also broke down and got some blood work done and was shocked at how good everything is from kidney markers to liver to rbc/hematocrit/hemoglobin. It makes me wonder if the change in elevation has somehow been a positive for my bloods but no matter what it is, I was incredibly relieved to see that things were actually pretty good vs. what I thought they might be. I did the bloodwork primarily to make sure that my kidneys were good because I had concerns after the water retention issues.

This brings me to my last point:
I have admittedly considered the option of cycling on and off during the "off season" instead of TRT to see if after all of this time being TRT that I could actually grow. I haven't gotten anywhere near as much out of this prep cycle as I hoped simply because of the restricted calories but this has me thinking that I wonder if I could grow with the added calories in the off season. I am 48 and concerned about my health but I can't help but wonder if I might still get some growth at my age after being TRT for so long. I am not 100% comfortable with this idea but I am at least contemplating it and especially since my bloods were in such good shape right now. If I do cycle in the off season, it would be mild and I would come completely off in between cycles for my blood numbers to reset but I am not there yet. I have plenty of time to mull it over and won't do it unless I am 100% on board. I would hate to have problems and then think, "Nice work, Skip, you should have stayed TRT."

The shows I am looking at are in August and I haven't said that until just now. I have not narrowed it down, yet, but will in the next few weeks. That puts me around 10-14ish weeks out and I feel good with where I am right now.

Skipload is this next Sunday and I start my 2nd training rotation tomorrow. I have cut volume SLIGHTLY (about 20%) and have found this to be a benefit at this point. Feeling much less run down and much fuller - though I may not look like it. lol

Apparently, my bananas foster jew bread french toast is anabolic. Who knew?

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Old 05-30-2018, 10:17 AM   #129
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Skip, I've been following you for a few years but just recently joined the boards. Thank you for all the information you have shared. Following this prep here, on EliteFTS and on the pod has been super interesting and informative.
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Old 05-30-2018, 02:12 PM   #130
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Skip, I've been following you for a few years but just recently joined the boards. Thank you for all the information you have shared. Following this prep here, on EliteFTS and on the pod has been super interesting and informative.
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Old 05-31-2018, 11:19 PM   #131
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Lol. Wtf is Jew bread? Asking for a Jew
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Old 06-01-2018, 12:27 AM   #132
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Challah bread.

It makes for AWESOME french toast.

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Old 06-08-2018, 02:43 AM   #133
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Old 06-09-2018, 08:21 AM   #134
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Sounds like an excellent plan. I didn't know how you got through those marathon workouts before? Just the thought of that would make me bitchy too. Lol
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Old 06-10-2018, 10:44 PM   #135
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Very interesting. Love the details and how much thought you put into everything. Totally agree with you on splitting the cardio into two and actually 2 a day workouts will help with progress... I have done 2 a day with extremely strict dieting, cardio was done only in am post workout. I had roughly 400g carbs daily... But I couldn't seem to eat enough.. I got super shredded... But after 6 weeks I was burned out. I did work as a property maintenance man outside in Florida summer though... Can't wait to read your next log
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Old 06-12-2018, 06:05 PM   #136
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So the 2 day skipload you are not training at all? no cardio either?
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Old 06-13-2018, 03:28 PM   #137
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Correct.

I am finding that the added day of recovery on top of the added calories is quite beneficial. I only loaded for one day this week and only took the one day off and I know that I could use another day of to recover but I am not comfortable taking it as I am now just under 7 weeks out.

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So the 2 day skipload you are not training at all? no cardio either?
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Thursday, June 14th, 2018

I bottomed out right at 200 pounds the day before my Skipload on Tuesday of this week (it is now Thursday). I am quite pleased with my condition at this point and I feel that everything is on track as it should be. I still have work to do but I am comfortable with progress and how things are going.

I did decide to make a gear change. It isn't a huge change but significant enough that I wanted to mention it. I am doubling the tren hex to 6ml a week (total) and cutting the prop in half to 300mg per week. The main reason is because I have never once run tren over 3ml a week and wanted to see how I would respond. I understand not everyone is a fan of tren hex but I am a huge fan of it. I have only dosed it twice so far this week and the only issue so far is I do have more soreness (PIP) and a little bit of swelling but when that happens in my side delts, I'm ok with it. I can use all of the width in my shoulders I can muster.

Improvements have been more dramatic over the last 1.5 weeks than usual. This is almost certainly due to 2 main things that I noted in my coach log last week:
1. going to double training sessions
2. dropping fat and some protein calories from my diet in the form of cheese

Quads are coming in more detailed with quite a bit of increased vasularity and upper body is progressing well, too. Of course, my back is the last to come in but there is obvious visual progress in my back, lower back and glutes/hips, as well. It's just tough as I age because right before I load (when I am the most depleted), my back looks much tighter and leaner and then when I load, of course, you will hold the most water in your fattest areas. So, my lower back and glutes/hip skin gets thick again. Yay. However, I understand it's a necessary evil.

With this new training rotation, I am having much better leg sessions - especially the leg session at the end of the 2nd training rotation before I load. This is in part because of splitting up the workload but also because the Skiploads are now every 8 days instead of every 10. 2 days makes a BIG difference.

This last Skipload did not contain as many calories or as much food as the last few Skiploads. I wanted to see if I cut it down a bit if I would notice anything different and even though it has only been a couple of days into my 1st training rotation, I can see that it is likely I am going to be much more depleted as I get into the 2nd training rotation. Hopefully, this equates to more body fat burning but at the same time, I do hope it doesn't hurt my training sessions for the 2nd training rotation, too.

I need to start playing with the Skipload time more for the next few loads as it is getting closer to the show date. I am likely going to load for 2 full days for my last load before the show so I need to build to that and see how I respond. I plan to only load for one day for this next Skipload, next week, due to being off clen but the following Skipload I will be back on clen and want to go with a 2-day load to see how long it takes to get rid of the water and also how full I can get with that size Skipload. I can then tweak it from there for the last load for the show. The tentative plan that I feel is likely going to work best (at this point) is to load for the show for 2 full days (possibly starting at bedtime the night before so 2 full days plus one large meal) and then I anticipate taking 2 full days to move water and being ready the morning of the 3rd day or 3 days to move water and be ready the morning of the 4th day. I am leaning towards it only taking 2 full days but it is still early so I have more "testing" to do.

The SCGS compound is in full force on load days at 20-25 units per meal. When I start the night before, I only do about 20 units so that I don't have hypo issues after eating and going to sleep. BG reads say this dose is fine based on the amount of food I am getting in me for that first meal. For the actual Skipload day, I am right around 20-22 units depending on the meal. For higher carb meals like french toast I will go 22 ish and for the burger and fries I wll usually back off to 18-20 units. Not much of a difference but I still make the change and again this is based on my BG levels and the fact that my foods and amount of food doesn't change much and is pretty consistent from load to load.

I also know I am getting deeper into prep because I have the aches and pains - minor, but they are there. Achy wrists, sometimes some achy rotators and hips are getting sore due to the cardio, primarily. Add in fatigued jaw muscles and something like cereal with dried fruit on a load day simply can't happen. I just cannot chew something that tough for very long.

One more reason I am looking forward to this show is I am going to quit chewing Copenhagen again. I need to and want to. The last time I quit was the night of my show in 2004 and it was much easier quitting after a show because I could replace the chewing with some tasty food and not having to diet as hard. I hope that it is equally as easy this time. We will see.

As it stand right now, I have no aspirations of cycling in the off season as I had previously admitted I was contemplating. I just haven't responded as well to all of the gear as I would have liked to and don't see that the risk is going to be worth it. I will clean out completely after this show, get bloods and then go back on TRT when bloods show they are good. It has been a nice change to step on the gas again but I don't like taking all of this gear. It just isn't worth it to me when I can maintain really good condition and muscularity on just TRT. Had I gotten much better progress I might feel differently so maybe it's a good thing that I didn't respond as well as I had hoped.

I do want to note that I am truly enjoying the process right now because I am getting into territory with my condition that I haven't seen since competing in 2012. That part is fun and makes the arduous daily task of getting everything done, worth it. However, I doubt I will miss it when it is all said and done. I enjoy the structure of it all but I am highly structured even when I don't compete and yet I still have flexibility if I have something else that I want to do, too. If I were still "chasing my dream" then I might feel differently but this prep is all about me convincing myself that I can still pull it off. It has little to do with placings or impressing anyone else.

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