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When life gives us lemons, we should make lemonade. Isn't that how the saying goes? In trying to get ready for the ASC nationals, I sustained a knee injury, a tear to the MCL of my left knee. Unfortunately, I have reaggravated it a couple times, trying to come back too quickly. It is an issue full squatting or picking up anything from the floor. So, I have modified my training to work around the injury.
I have been working lots of heavy partials in my training, as well as strict pressing. Those aspects have gone very well, and are getting quite strong. I am, however, looking forward to getting back to the full lift varieties.
A few weeks ago, I entered the first ever USAWA Old Time Strongman Nationals. As most of the lifts were partial movements, I thought I was only going to have to go half way in two events (as it turned out, it was really only one). In the end, I did quite well. In the Anderson squat (a partial squat from the rack) I tied for 3rd with a squat of 710lbs. I was a little worried about this one, but since it wasn’t a deep squat, it felt okay. In the Anderson press (a partial strict press) I won this event by like 40lbs with a press of 350lbs. Next was the 1904 dumbbell clean. This one worried me as we had to lift the dumbbell from the ground, and that is one of the lifts I had reaggravated my knee trying. I tried placing all my weight on one leg for the pull to the lap, and ended up doing a respectable 230 pounds without hurting the knee any further. Last was the Dinnie Lift. I was looking forward to this as I had done 800lbs in training. It was not meant to be, as the plates they had were thick and we could only get 710 on it. I pulled it easily to tie for the win on this event, on my second attempt. I had saved one attempt for a big pull, but there was no more room. I ended up in second overall, by 2 formula points. Oh, how I would have liked to pull that last attempt!
Anyhow, I plan on continuing to heal, so I can get back to setting PRs in something besides strict pressing and partial lifts! I would like to thank Metabolic Technologies for their continued support in my training and endeavors. And I would like to congratulate fellow Team HMB athlete Justin Blake for his 3rd place finish at the ASC 105k Nationals this weekend past. I believe this is Justin's 4th time in the top 3, including 2 national titles. Way to go Justin!