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As it always seems to be, life is full of ups and downs. I spent much of last year pursuing my National Board Certification education for special needs. Well, in late November, I found out that I had passed on my first time, something only 25-40% of the people who attempt it do. So, I was elated. My school board even decided to honor me at one of their meetings.
So, I attended the December meeting to receive an award that they wanted to present me. I was feeling pretty good about things. So that night I was doing a deadlift workout before the presentation. I was feeling strong and had certain numbers in mind, but at lockout, even with the lightest warm-ups, I was feeling something in my low back. But I had numbers in my mind, and was feeling bulletproof, so I persisted. And it bit me. At the top of one of my pulls, I felt something give, and it put me on the floor. After 5 minutes or so I managed to get up, and made my way to the inversion table. I inverted, and felt what seemed to be everything pulling back into place. So, I got up, considered continuing with the workout, but thought better of it and went upstairs. When I went to run water to the cattle though, as I leaned forward to warm the glow plug, I felt it go again, and I knew I was in trouble. Same old disc injury from 2006.
Anyhow, I have babied it and limited what I was doing in workouts. I kept doing inversions, rehab and so forth. I was really looking forward to doing the Dino Challenge in January, as there was a back lift and a harness lift. I have really been hitting my heavy lifts regularly and I was hoping to put up good numbers in these. Anyhow, it wasn’t meant to be. I went and competed, but had to take very careful lifts in these ones, and ended up in a respectable last place here. The highlight of the meet (as goofy as it sounds) was a 175-pound teeth lift.
In February, I competed in the USAWA Grip Championship, even though my grip has always been my Achilles heel. I knew that in most of these lifts, I would not lift enough to aggravate my back, so I played ball. I ended up in 4th, and set a big PR in the one hand deadlift.
Though my back is still not 100%, the heavy lifts have stopped bothering it, and I had hit some good numbers in training going into the USAWA Heavy Lift Nationals. I competed there this past Saturday, and the day was good. We started off with the neck lift, which has become my forte'. It went well on Saturday. I opened up with 900 lbs., which was the world record just a couple years ago. I went up to 1000 lbs. They were both good lifts. I finished with 1080 lbs. for three whites and broke the world record by 40 lbs.
Next was the hand and thigh. I have kind of gotten back into my groove in this lift and was thinking about going 1500 lbs. plus in it, but I was trying to play the game, so took a conservative 1350 lbs. for my third and got it with plenty left in the tank.
Last was the hip lift. I hit 1810 lbs. on my second, and sealed the win, so I went for a meet PR of 2100 lbs. on my third, and narrowly missed it. Anyhow, as it turns out, I won this meet on total and formula, so it was a good day.
Next big meet for me will be USAWA Nationals in June. In the next week or so, I am hoping to be able to ramp up my training overall to gear up for a good result there. And I know I can always count on my HMB to help me maximize my training.