Open workout #1 and other stuff

Well, after Friday’s performance in open workout 13.1 I feel very confident in saying that this year is definitively not my year. We still have 4 more workouts but I am sitting around 260ish out of 6700 and only the top 48 make it. I still plan on working hard on the rest of the workouts but making a comeback is not likely. As I have said before, I am still training for next year’s season. I just do not move as efficiently as the elite athletes. These people make everything look so effortless and I am sure while I was doing my set of 20 burpees it did not look effortless by any means.

With that being said, the open is a great time of year! It seems like half of my friends on FB have posted about their completion or scores of 13.1. People who I had no idea even CF’d are posting stuff. Knowing that everyone suffered through the exact same workout as I did is a pretty cool feeling. Everyone feels the same amount of suck that was 13.1. I cannot wait to see what workout 13.2 will bring us and, hey, maybe I can redeem my suckiness.

Today begins my new diet of carb back-loading. Basically, I fast until around mid day. I am currently sipping on an “AM Ignitor Formula” which is coffee, coconut oil, and 10g’s of protein isolates. It tastes pretty good. After the fast I will eat a meal of protein and veggies. Before training very little amounts of “usable” carbs should be ingested, <30 grams.  I will train at 6 PM and upon completion take a shake. The magic happens about an hour after this. This is when the carb back-loading begins. I am supposed to eat all of the junky carbs I can to refuel my system. Pastries, doughnuts, pizza, white bread, most high glycemic foods will do. With this being said, the author clearly states that this diet does not give you liberty to go to McDonald’s and pound 2 double cheeseburgers every night. However, a CF games athlete did tell me he at a pint of ice cream every night for a few months! CBL is hormone manipulation. You take advantage of insulin spikes for growth and strength.

I enjoy trying new diets and seeing what they do or do not do for me. For instance, in  January I did Paleo for the first time and gave up alcohol completely. I lost about 13 lbs! I have not weighed that much since middle school. Looks-wise, this diet was spectacular. The downfall of this diet was the performance. My maximal lifts did not go down much, if any, but my endurance was terrible! If the going got tough at all I did not get going. Below is my rating of Paleo. As far as the food goes it was not that bad. has some awesome recipes for in cooking n00b out there. I think a good portion of the weight loss and appearance had to do with the lack of alcohol, I do not drink that much but I do like a glass of wine or a couple beers at the end of the day.

Weight Loss – 9/10
Physical Appearance – 9/10
Performance – 4/10
Food Tastes – 8/10

Also, my girlfriend gave me the most awesome Valentine’s Day gift! Isn’t this bottle awesome!?!?! I know the pic is a little late but so was the gift! (not her fault, and I still cannot figure out how to rotate images :-/ )