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At the end of my 12-week SL5x5 routine, I did a strength test, in the form of a mock powerlifting meet. 

Excruciating Mongo-Smash detail... )

Where next?  Well, I'm still on for the thousand and more: this is working for me, and working nicely.  I'm going to give Madcow 5x5 a go.  I respond well to pushing this 5-rep point -- much better than I respond to training to failure or repping out. 

And perhaps more importantly: those lifts are handy enough that I'll look out for a novice/masters powerlifting meet next year and try my hand in competition.  Yay!
andygates: (triathlon swim bike run animation)
Two questions for the training massive:

1) What do you think of the Bath half-marathon?  I need an early-season half, and Bath has a reputation and a seething crowd.  Goal is to be 1:55 ish, so if it's groovy for plodders but grim for elites, I can handle that ;)

2) Are you doing any strength work in the offseason?  I'd be interested in comparing programmes, especially as a tri-useful core-and-upper-body approach is a tad different from my usual "mongo pick up! mongo drop! clank! mongo happy!" plan. 

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