Strongly considering a bulk…
For past few weeks I’ve been putting some serious thought into the possibility of doing another bulk.
That was not a typo.That last bulk I did was back in late 2008/early 2009 (video). Not too long after that, I found cycling and became slightly obsessed. 🙂 In an effort to become as light as possible, I cut weight–a lot of weight.
I didn’t want to become light at the expense of power, so most of that weight was what I refer to as “show” muscle. Pretty much every muscle group but those found in my legs was drastically reduced in size.
Working on the new forum software these past few weeks required me to go through a lot of old posts. I had a lot of nostalgic fun looking though some of the pictures, video and text from the past 13 years. As I browsed that old media, I realized how much I’ve missed those absolutely brutal weight training sessions. Those were damn good times.
When it comes to road racing I really have no aspirations, or even the desire, to get into it. It’s just too dangerous for my comfort level. At 47 years old, I don’t bounce off the asphalt nearly as well as I did 20 or 30 years ago.
On the other hand, Time Trial racing is fun, relatively safe and I’m not terrible at it. I definitely want to keep doing that. TT racing mostly involves flat courses, so my weight is not much of a factor. Putting on some muscle–even show muscle–is not really going to affect anything with regards to TT racing. In fact, it could help my power output.
Back in my body building days I was as heavy as 236 pounds (late 2006-ish?). In 2009 my arms were over 18″ cold, and right at 19″ with a solid pump going. I don’t want to get anywhere nearly that big again, but I wouldn’t mind putting on about 10 pounds of solid lean mass.
Can I even do that? I’m 47 years old. I have no idea what my Testosterone levels are, as I’ve never had that tested. I think it’s safe to assume that at 47 years old my T level is less than it was 8 years ago.
Added to that, as most of you know once this cut is over I’ll be switching over to a vegetarian diet.
It might be kind of interesting to see if a 47 year old man can put on appreciable muscle while consuming a plant-based diet, yeah?