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    Summer is mountain biking season for me. I bike hard once a week and only do light squats occasionally. If my body could handle it, I'd bike 7 days a week. Strangely, heavy biking doesn't make me nearly as sore as even light squats. The range of motion and peak power are less on the bike, though. BCAA immediately after workout didn't seem to change anything. I normally eat something light before the workout and follow up with a Fairlife and protein powder shake after the workout.
  2. I've found that doing keto for 1-2 weeks before diving into the fast really takes the edge off.
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    Wednesday 11 September 2019: Squat: 5 x 10 x 65 lbs Light weight, still ended up very sore. I added 10mg of PQQ to my routine and upped the CoQ10 to 800mg/day. Could be placebo, but I think the PQQ helped within a few hours. Thanks for the tip, @Ras. I'll roll the Methylfolate in next week. One thing at a time.
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    Interesting. I had a similar expansion of memory recall when I started using the Philips deep sleep headband. The memory-enhancing effect was reversed again when my work stress got out of control. If I’m being honest with myself, work stress is probably to blame for somewhere between 50% and 90% of my problems lately. I’m focus a lot of effort on fixing that situation. The methylfolate I ordered is less than 50 cents per day. I have no problem paying that if it works. I’ll spend a few months on PQQ + high-dose CoQ10 + Methylfolate + Vit D and see how it goes.
  5. Kids these days. Some of the self-experimentation anecdotes on Reddit these days are wild. That report is a weird mix of Wikipedia-level research and just throwing caution to the wind. I can’t imagine the therapeutic index of strychnine is very large.
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    1000mg of PQQ and 60 x 15mg Methylfolate ordered. That stuff is not cheap. I also picked up 10g of NMN (Nicotinamide Mononucleotide) for about $40 for some experimentation. Today's workout was quick because I'm bombarded from stress from every angle lately: OHP: 5 x 45, 65, 85, 95, 95, 95 BBR: 5 x 95, 95, 95, 95, 95 Squat: 10 x 45 slow, ATG. More of a stretch than a lift.
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    Thanks @Ras and @Something Anonymous. I use Jarrow curcumin. When consumed with fat and black pepper it's powerful enough that I can get the negative side effects after several days of administration, so I haven't sought out anything more powerful. I'll try Longvida next time I run out. Ras - That's a lot of CoQ10, Vitamin D, and Methylfolate. I'll source some PQQ, Methylfolate, and give it a trial. I've wanted to try Pregabalin for a while, but I'm always hesitant to make specific drug requests to my doctors. My new one seems to take me seriously, so maybe I'll try it. I'd really like to use it with my Philips EEG sleep mapper headband. It's been interesting to see which sleep aids produce more deep sleep vs. REM sleep.
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    Good point. My warm-up stretches are very slow and drawn out. I spent a lot of time at full drop with the 45lb bar. For these light weights, the actual lifts go by very quickly. Squatting 135lbs requires very little effort, so I just cycle through the sets just quick enough to avoid bouncing at the bottom or otherwise sacrificing form. No statins of any type. I added CoQ10 anyway, up to 400mg/day. Maybe some minor improvements with the CoQ10, but it wasn't a magic bullet. Curcumin with a high-fat meal and some black pepper will reduce my post-exercise malaise. 800mg of Ibuprofen does the same thing. Again, not a cure, but it moves the needle. Definitely a major inflammation component to it. Maybe I'll try Curcumin pre-workout next time.
  9. The great thing about this metric is that you can increase your 1RM by putting Sanction on a diet.
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    4 September 2019: Bench: 5 x 5 x 135 lbs Squat: 5 x 45, 95, 115, 135, 155 Pullups: 5 x 5 x BW I also squatted lightly last week. Same story: Unreasonably sore on day 2 and 3 post-workout. Strangely, intense biking doesn't cause the same issue. I wonder if it's somehow related to range of motion. I go very deep on these light squats. I revisited two different doctors on the topic of the post-workout malaise issue. One of them was a sports medicine GP who has taken an interest in referring me to a proper specialist for more thorough testing, which is nice. In the mean time I think I'll gently ease back into light squats once a week.
  11. Was enclomiphene ever widely available on the gray market? I was always curious to hear if the subjective effects were different among the self-experimenter crowd. I recall a lot of speculation that the estrogenic zuclomiphene isomer deserved blame for some of the long-term negative side effects of clomid treatment, but I don't recall if that was ever widely tested.
  12. My school never did the presidential fitness test in gym class. They didn't want anything that ranked us fragile children according to our physical abilities. Young me felt deeply deprived. The Presidentail fitness program may be dead, but I guess in a way it lives on through the Crossfit WOD.
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    23 August 2019: Bench: 5 x 135, 155, 175, 195, 205 Pullups: 3 x 10 Biking: About 5 or 6 miles Felt good to get under a bar again. We'll see how much pain I'm in on Monday.
  14. One of my friends had some squatters move into his rental property the day after the old tenants move out. They were pros: They changed the locks immediately, covered all the windows, and didn't leave the house during daylight hours to avoid being served. He called the police, thinking it would be a cut-and-dry case of trespassing, but the sheriff walked him through the details of squatter's rights. As it turns out, squatters have an extraordinary amount of leverage in these situations. It took him months and some expensive lawyer fees to get the squatters properly served, wait out the eviction period, and then get them actually evicted from the property. I couldn't believe it. I'm sure the squatters moved on to the next empty house they could find. What I'm trying to say here is: You're wasting a lot of money paying rent, when really you could be living for free 30 days at a time if you just learn how to pick and re-key locks.
  15. I remember reading about Pitolisant for so long that I assumed they gave up on commercializing it. Interesting to see it finally hit the market. Half-life is 10-12 hours. Slightly better than Modafinil, but that still leaves a lot of the drug in your system by the time you go to bed. I've always thought that the ideal wake-promoting drug would be something with a short half-life in an extended release formulation to form more of a plateau during the day. Solriamfetol is another wake-promoting drug that was also approved this year: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solriamfetol It's a more typical norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitor
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