While I’m not under the delusion that this may come close to rivalling Bib’s LOT Theory, I think this concept may have some substance to it.
To give it a snazzy name, I refer to it as my Break Flaccid Stretch Theory.
The concept of a deconditioning break to shatter plateaus has certainly been around the forum for quite some time, but I noticed a correlation with my flaccid stretch length increase during my last break, which then actually translated into the EL gain I made upon resumption of PE (0.22”).
* 03/03/2004: 7.52” BPEL & 7.87” BPFSL
* 2 Month Deconditioning Break
* 05/03/2004: 7.50” BPEL & 8.19” BPFSL
>> lost less than 1mm EL, but gained 8mm BPFSL (0.22”)
* 05/24/2004: 7.72” BPEL & 8.23” BPFSL (gained 0.22” EL)
>> after 5+ months of active PE:
* 11/01/2004: 7.80” BPEL & 8.27” BPFSL
Unfortunately, the 7.8 & the 8.27 were not cemented.
* 11/02/2004: 7.72 BPEL & 8.23” BPFSL
>> Began another Deconditioning Break
Today (12/13/2004), I took some measurements - 41 days into this break. I was not suprised to see that I’d lost some erect length (now 7.68” / 195mm), but my BPFSL - after only 3 tries - was 214mm (8.43”). This is a full 0.2” above that when my break began 41 days ago, and 0.16” larger than the biggest (uncemented) size I’d ever had.
I still have a while to go on my break, but I’m going to keep monitoring my BPFSL - as I think this is a key indicator as to the efficacy of a break. I’m going to measure it every 2 weeks, and as long as it’s growing or staying the same, I’ll stay on break. If it recedes at all, I’ll resume active PE.
My BFS Theory suggests that as our units become really conditioned (toughened) from active PE, we tighten up. Gains dry up and we’re just spinning our wheels. But if we go on break, those tissues begin to de-condition, they relax and extend of course. This is being revealed in my increasing BPFSL measurements.
I theorize that as long as our BPFSL measurements are enhancing, we need to prolong our break as this is evidence that our units are still deconditioning. Once the BPFSL gains stop, we’re as near a “newbie state” as we’re going to achieve: Time to resume.
This answers a key question: “How long should I take off?”
Part 2 of the theory posits that the increase of our BPFSL may be proportionate to the EL gain we are about to realize. Although this would require a lot of trial & error. The ratio may well not be 1:1 (but it was quite close for me last time - 1:1 if you consider my slightly lost size upon resumption, or just under if you measure the 7.52 to 7.72 = 0.2” EL vs 0.22” BPFSL.
So, the BFS Theory is:
(1) A vivid illustration of exactly what happens during a break and why breaks are needed.
(2) A barometer of how long we should break (and when to resume).
(3) A possible forecast of the EL gains we’re about to realize shortly after resuming active PE.
Any thoughts, experiences, questions, etc. are encouraged.
- w a d