The diet is over. At least the weight loss part of it is. I actually lost too much weight, too fast. My plan was to slowly transform my physique, but I contracted strep throat, thirteen days away from my competition at the USPA Drug Tested Raw Nationals and went from roughly 203lbs on a full stomach to 191lbs when I weighed in. My waist was 36inches.
The meet was not a successful one at all. I bombed out on bench, (I didn’t complete at least one bench) so I was out of the meet.
I knew that something wasn’t right when I did my final warm up. My coach, Steve Goggins, had already told me to drop my opener from 314lbs to 303lbs and he put my final warm up at 275lbs touch and go. 275lbs felt heavy for the first time in a long time, but I thought nothing of it because I’d benched 325lbs with a pause at my final heavy session thirteen days prior. I should have trusted my instincts and dropped my opener to 270lbs. I didn’t and I paid for it.
I did however, squat more than I ever had at that weight with 402lbs so that’s a plus. It doesn’t make up for everything though. I’m mostly upset that I let my coach and my team down. None of them had anything but encouraging words for me but that’s because Gogginsforce is a supportive team.
I just have to face the fact that I just went out there and didn’t execute.
I guess I could be sitting here sulking. But after praying about it and doing the final edits on this post from Nigerian bodybuilder, Azekhumhe Omoh, I just couldn’t sit here and mope. Not when people like him are facing much bigger problems than mine and aren’t giving up.
So, I signed up for the Gogginsforce Invitational on October 28, 2016 in Atlanta, GA. That’s my chance to make this right.
If you want a more in depth discussion of what happened, check out this Lessons Learned video Steve and I did in his garage gym.