Now that I'm at an intermediate level I switched to a 1x5 system. After 4 months of that I came back to SS
WOW. Something hormonal is going on. When I wake up in the morning it's like I'm 18 again. This happens the day after workout on recovery morning. I'm not old at 33 but this hasn't happened in years. Has anyone had this happened to them?
I assume you are referring to the hormonal effects of the program, and the subsequent effects on your tallywhacker upon arising from sleep.
Everyone who has a tallywhacker has had this happen to them.
It's the only reason Zach trains, and certainly the only reason his wife is still with him.
…we have not spent the last 65 million or so years finely honing our physiology to watch Oprah.
Like it or not, we are the product of a very long process of adaptation to a harsh physical existence, and the past couple centuries of comparative ease and plenty are not enough time to change our genome.
We humans are at our best when our existence mirrors, or at least simulates, the one we are still genetically adapted to live.
The only time LSD (long slow distance) is necessary is if your going to compete in a sport that requires it.
It is far inferior to CrossFit-type metcon for producing an increase in VO2 max, it interferes with power and strength production, it can be quite catabolic and immune-suppressive in high doses, it destroys muscle mass, and the people that do it usually wear silly clothes.
Read the stuff on the CrossFit website regarding this, and you will learn many good, important things.
I didn't lock that last [bench press] out in a safe position over my fairly sturdy sternum, here. I came up off the bench and put that thing right over the most valuable structures that I possess; teeth, eyeballs... all precious voice... [Rip then looks off camera at someone and shakes his head.] I'm 51, they aren't as valuable anymore as they used to be.
On adding bike riding and leg extensions to the program:
The program in [Starting Strength] is not designed to be supplemented with anything. Neither of you -- old guy or young kid -- are in a position to recover optimally, as would be a 21 year-old genetic freak.
Just stick with the program and let it work for you unsullied by the trappings of muscle magazine silliness or a desire to gild the lily.
If you want to ride your bikes, don't be gone too long.