Insert <here> the standard "you can't lift your best every day and just because one day is a little off doesn't mean you are losing ground" lecture.
Okay, same back to you on that 3 x 290.
I can't imagine that you've done anything that has taken 5% or anywhere near that off your strength. In fact, I'm pretty sure that the first option ("I'm the strongest I've ever been in my life") is the true one.
It probably is, but I'm not pushing around the weights like I was only a short time ago. So I don't feel stronger. 155 isn't popping up like an empty bar lately, it feels like it has heft. 60 pound dumbbells are too heavy to press as assistance work. Stuff like that.
My full-body lifts are still okay - I'm swinging and snatching heavier than before. I'm jumping well. My pullups are going up fast (but I lost 10 pounds, so they should). But still, the psychological impact of the weight feeling heavy is not good.
And what "ill-conceived plan"? Your dietary manipulations? I assume that you have it planned so that you will be increasing your calories while still making your desired weight class, so you should be fine. You are certainly the muscularly-strongest that you've been since I've been following your progress. Now just make sure that you are in optimal metabolic preparedness, and you'll rip at the tournament.
Yeah, my diet. I'd have done it less harsh, less strict, if I knew I'd lost some strength in the process. That's annoying since it's so hard for me to gain and hold muscle. It's a daily war to stay strong and not lean out too much.
Thanks for the words, though, I know I'm just getting hard on myself because it's closing in on my tournament.
As for ripping, well, last year it was Men's Beginner's and Executive (30+) Beginner's Middleweight (179.9). I cut from 190~ to fight there (and then got stuck at 180 or so for months
). This year it's Men's Intermediate and Executive (30+) Advanced Middleweight (179.9). I'm around 178 right now, so yeah, I'm increasing my calories. I'm hoping to coast in around 183 the Thursday before, and then just cut water and eat a little less on Friday to skate in at 179.9 on the nose. But my opponents will be much more experienced than last year, and the 30+ division is "and up" so theoretically my coach could just enter that. I'm challenging myself to take on the best guys in my age group in the room and see how I do. I expect to get flattened if I draw a hard guy in round one.
So, in Grappler's Quest, it's grappling only? No punching or kicking? Do you start on the floor?
Only grappling, no striking. You start standing. Here are the rules: