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9/25/2014 6:09:22 PM - Chase Karnes
Final Training Session and My Thoughts Going Into Nationals - 9 Days Out

I am currently training for The 2014 North American Strongman (NAS) National Championship as well as the Strongman Champions League (SCL) England u90kg. NAS Nationals will be held Oct. 4th & 5th in Reno, NV and the Strongman Champions League will be held Oct. 18th in Southampton, England. I'm also adjusting to raising a new baby boy while still working, training and living life.

It's done. It's hard to believe, but close to another full year of training is finished. Each training phase for the past year has had a purpose to bring up my weak points from last years Nationals. That along with proper hand care to keep from tearing calluses like I did last year (tearing 4 total) which really hurt my performance on one event. My weak points from last year and years past are no longer weak points. They are strong points. And my strengths are even stronger. While no one knows how the competition will turn out until it's all said and done, I know for a fact I'm at my best ever. I've kept my medley times and certain reps unlisted in my training log these past couple of training phases for a couple of reasons. One of which is I didn't want my competition to see just how much my weaknesses were improving. I also didn't want to give them numbers or times to shoot for in their training. This past year of training has been hard. It's been tiring. It's beaten me up at times. It's also accomplished just what I had hoped it would.

2010 Nationals in Reno

For those that don't know I visited Reno, NV for my very first Nationals back in 2010. At the end of day 1 I was in very last place. I had zeroed two events on day 1 and took last on the third event. I was pissed at myself. That night in the hotel room I told myself I would approach the next day like a whole new competition. Sitting in twentieth something place I made a comeback on day 2 and finished 12th place. I made it my goal then to win Nationals at 200 pounds.

The next year at 2011 Nationals I barely missed the top 5 taking 6th place.

I thought 2012 was my year. Unfortunately lack of conditioning cost me a national title where I came up just short in 2nd place.

Going into 2013 I was confident. I was at my best ever and knew it was going to be a battle. Still I thought it was my year. However not finishing the frame due to grip, not finishing the wheelbarrow due to torn calluses and my mediocre yoke performance cost me. I took on 4th place. Very dissatisfied.

I took this year to strengthen my grip, take better care of my hands, improve my foot speed along with increase my deadlift and conditioning. I feel great going in. My past 14 weeks of training has been great. Things have came together to peak for the big day.

I'm ready to battle it out with the best in the nation next weekend. And I remind myself the one who's worked the hardest and the smartest will win the easiest.

From now until I begin my weight cut I've got some recovery methods I'll be using including a 90 min deep tissue massage tomorrow. Bodyweight is good and I'm looking at an easy 4-5 pound cut. Calories are currently around 3,800. This will also be my smallest cut since 2010 Nationals. This will be a benefit to me.

Today's training:

A. Speed Yoke - 30 ft. runs
530 x 6 runs - 1m rest

Rest, Food, Recvovery & Mental Training,
Chase Karnes

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