This was my first weightlifting meet and I’m willing to call it a success. I finished third in my age/weight bracket (earning a swanky bronze medal), I completed all six of my lifts successfully (with two new PRs), and I had a good time doing it. I will break it down GoW-style.
new PRs (164kg total)
Solid hangs with Joe and Cy and Swolenik
Getting coached up
A bronze medal that looks like it could be on a real podium somewhere
8am session start
Shirtless post-session cryotherapy (don’t ask)
To add a little color, I’ve been way, way overweight the last year or two. I’m mentally chalking it up to wanting mass for powerlifting, but really I just like not paying attention to what I eat and drink. I’m working to fix that now. It is def. work. I’m a big, big fan of “play”, and I *loooove* playing team sports. It was cool to hang with the team in my session and I’m double-especially looking forward to training with them over the next couple of months. Getting active input from a vested coach was really great. I trust Chris Lawyer to put me in a position to succeed. He does good work.
The negatives from the meet were minimal. Since I’m a new lifter with a relatively low projected total in my first meet, I was seeded in the first session. 8am Saturday start time means a 6-8am weigh-in window. I’m not the worst about getting up in the morning, but this was a bit much for a Saturday. Once we got to the lifting, I was more nervous than I expected. Chris was there with a “hey have a seat and lower your heartrate”; (which is just one example of how an experienced coach can make a big difference at a meet), and I chilled out.
My plan, and I realize that naming the plan dooms the plan, is to get on a weightlifting track through the rest of 2017. There should be 2-3 more meets on the calendar and I’d like to get close to 200kg with my total. I think I have room to grow to that number.
Thirteen years ago, I downloaded the appropriate .zip file, crawled through the installation documentation for Movable Type (version 2.64), and built my blog. It was the start of long holiday weekend and I was hiding from the heat.
It’s as much an Instagram repost destination these days as anything, but it’s been up and running for thirteen years. That’s not nothing. Thanks for reading.
That’s a video of me doing the keg carry/load at the Beer City Brawl, my second and most successful strongman contest. I finished second but it was competitively odd. There were only three people in my class. One was way stronger than me and one wasn’t even close to as strong as me, so I was in second place basically by just showing up. I still went at the events pretty hard and actually won the one in the video.
It took months of training to get my technique together to where I could do this stuff reasonably well. That keg carry/load (which, since I won the event will be the only thing I’m talking about) is where you have to pick up 4 total kegs and load them over a bar. The kegs weigh 170, 200, 225, and 254 pounds and have to be carried from 25′, 20′, 15′, and 10′, respectively. We didn’t have a 250-pound keg to train with so this was the first time I’d picked one up. It was heavy.
Strongman is pretty fun. The training can get to be kind of damaging. It’s cool to build that functional strength but it sometimes hurts to build that functional strength. Since I’m a card-carrying member of North American Strongman I’ll probably get another contest or two completed before my membership expires (August 2016).
Every year I say “I’m going to pay attention to baseball” and every year the Mets stink so I quit watching by mid-June. This year has been an exciting exception. It was a summer of trading text messages with my dad over game results and talking over box scores with Mets-loving pals. They have exceeded even the most outlandish expectations and are currently on the brink of losing the World Series. It would be really cool if they come back and win but it doesn’t really matter.
The ride from the All-Star break to now has been totally worth it. I forgot how much fun it was to have good things to say about the Mets after the 4th of July. Almost all of the stories around these Mets have been feel-good (which is also unprecedented). A giant 20-something Viking sharing the mound next to a 42-year-old professional “athlete”? The Wilmer Flores traded/not traded fiasco? The arrival of Yoenis Cespedes (for the rest of us)? Saint Daniel Murphy going on a Postseason home run tear to end all home run tears? Even the Harvey Innings Limit kerfuffle wasn’t enough to kill the good vibes.
I’d say that I’m excited for next year but the root of what made 2015 so great was the complete lack of expectations.
And just like that, I’m right back into my comfortable Mets-pessimist groove.
Adam and have been recording a podcast on and off for a couple of months. We each pick three things to talk about over a beer. I dropped the ball and failed to mention the first one, but I’m here with a timely note on the second show. We’re calling it the Safe As Milk podcast, SaMcast for short.
Recording and editing a podcast is pretty fun. I’m excited to see what this turns into.
I’m planning to make this old spot a one-stop shop for all of my internetting. I’ll still have things I post to Twitter and Facebook and Instagram but I’m going to be sure it all gets dropped here, too. The idea of “recapturing my own content” has been going around the internet lately and since I’ve got the space (and the occasional thing to say) I plan to take a crack at it.
I’m not going to make a Big 14 list like the 13 I did last year. One of the important lessons of 2013 was to spend more time doing stuff and less time talking about what I wanted to do. It turned out that I didn’t get nearly as much done last year as I planned and it was still a great year. I could look at getting 6 of the 13 things done as a failure (as it would be by any reasonable grading scale) but I got so much out of the 6 that’s in an easy passing grade.
I definitely have things I want to work on this year and I’ve already started some groundwork on them. I plan to post here when I have something to talk about.
I’m deeply into Back to Work (with Dan Benjamin and Merlin Mann) which led me to a link to the Pixel Recess podcast. I was pleasantly surprised to hear that it’s hosted by Paul Armstrong who I (kind of but don’t really) know from Whiskerino. And then, on top of that, it was funny. It’s just 15 minutes and I laughed.