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School is back in session, and life has become even busier. My training is still progressing which has been positive. I have finally reintroduced back squats to my regiment, and though very light for the time being, they feel good. I have even competed twice in the past month.
The first event was the IAWA World Postal. I did not specifically train for this event, but I did end up posting the highest pullover and push in the meet, which was my second highest ever. I am actually sure I left some in the tank on that one.
The other meet was the first one I have specifically trained for since 2015 Nationals. It was the Old Time Strongman Championship, which I have won on 2 occasions. The competition went pretty well. First event was the Dinnie Lift, which is usually a pretty good lift for me. I hit 700 lbs. for my first attempt, but had torn my hands up a bit in training, and 730 lbs. would not go this time. It was still the highest lift of the meet. Next event was Thor's Hammer. I tied for top honors in the meet with a all-time national record of 55 lbs., then broke it again with 60 lbs. on a fourth attempts. The third lift was the Saxon Snatch, where I had the top lift in competition of 105 lbs. which tied my all time PR. However, one of my confederates hit 110 lbs. on a fourth attempt breaking the all-time record. The last lift of the day was the Hackenschmidt Floor Press, where I hit a meet best with 400 lbs. I ended up with the highest total of the day, but had to settle for second when we figured in the formula.
I am currently preparing to compete in the IAWA Gold Cup, which is an international competition. Training for this is going along nicely. With the help of HMB and PEAK ATP, I plan on continuing on this path of improvement. I will let you all know how it goes.
- Eric Todd, Strength Athlete