Back on the horse!
First, a little back story:
I travel and live outside the United States a lot, frequently to impoverished areas that lack exercise facilities or even real food. Thus I've had an interesting couple years of ups and downs as I found time and food, gained weight and strength, then travelled, ate crap, got sick, and lost weight and strength.
Here's a time-line of sorts:
Fall 2007: bwt 170lbs, strength unknown. Busy playing collegiate soccer so while I wasn't in the weight room, I could run and move and whatnot without trouble.
Spring 2008: live in China for a couple months. Eating peasant food and being just generally sick all the time has me down to an emaciated bwt of 150 upon my return to the USA. In the city I was living in at the time the pollution was so bad that physical activity frequently left one worse off than before. I ran a 5k and coughed up black soot for a week. Still, managed to play rugby every week.
Summer 2008: discover Crossfit, work out at a Crossfit gym, get weight back to 165. Yes, I should have eaten more. Damn Zone/CF/bleh. Still, I now like barbells!
Fall 2008: Jump ship and leave soccer for sailing. Find out about Starting Strength and GOMAD. By the end of the fall I weigh 185 and am working at numbers around: DL 315, Squat 225, Bench 150, Press 125.
Winter/Spring 2009: Ski. No friends on a powder day!
Later spring 2009: fall in love with O-lifting, promptly overtrain into a partially torn quad. Yes, the CAWOD is for people that know what they are doing. I didn't. Also, graduate from college. In retrospect the partying probably didn't help my recovery. . .
Summer 2009: work at a surf shop and fool around with barefoot stuff and bodyweight things. Ended up cutting out training altogether as I was working 9 hours a day, sailing for probably 4 of those, and windsurfing for two of them. Yes, it was awesome. (The above log chronicles some of this.) Weight drifts down to 175 as I have trouble eating enough every day for my activity levels. I'm sure my lifts suffered, but I know my grip was through the roof!
Fall 2009: Travel the world, see lots of cool stuff, get sick with giardia, lose 20 pounds, do not pass go, do not collect $200. Bwt: 155
Spring 2010: Lift at an oly lifting gym, drink milk, get weight back up to 175, C&J at around 170lbs, snatch at 135. Yay! Not huge numbers, but a happy start.
Summer 2010: Break my nose (no lifting for a month due to surgery and so on. Bleh.) Start biking to work, strength+weight back down a smidge.
Fall 2010: Move to Indonesia for a year, find a kind of crappy gym that at least has a barbell, plan to get big and strong fueled by enormous amounts of fried rice and satay!
I'm now working through 5/3/1 with presses, deadlifts, floor presses (no bench rack), and front squats (no squat rack).
Our story brings us to today:
Month 2 of 5/3/1:
WU: CFWUx1 round, broken sets for pullups and dips
Press day1: 8@35kg
DB bench: 5x10@20lbs each hand
DB bent over row: 5x10@20lbs
3x15 reverse hypers (these are prescribed by my old oly coach. "do them every time you work out! and eat!")
PM: EFTS sciatica stretching: http://articles.elitefts.com/article...with-sciatica/
Here's hoping that this year will be stronger than the last.