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This past month since the Arnold has been an unfortunate one training wise. I was gearing up for the Show of Champions in Florida next week. I pulled a personal best in the trap bar deadlift. Form was rock solid (as I have had to keep it since my original back injury). Afterwards everything felt fine. The next morning when I woke up, I had some tingling in my leg and foot. I thought I would work past it, and everything training wise would go right back to where it had been. Every time I would test it out, it only got worse. When I got to a few weeks from the contest, I had to make the painful decision to not compete in Florida. Though it was a tough decision to make, the last time I tried to push past that feeling, I ended up being laid up for over half a year. So I decided to back off, heal, and live to fight another day. The good news is that the leg and foot are starting to get feeling back to them, and I was even able to attempt a few strongman events this Saturday past. The weights were far from maximal weights, but I know I need to ease my way back into this to refrain from getting re-injured.
I discovered another energy drink that I will be utilizing in the future. It is ABB’s Speed Stack NO. It gives me the same focus that the Speed Shots give you, and tastes even better. For those of you that like the NO, it contains that as well. For all of us that are calorie/carb conscience, this product only contains 15 calories/4 grams of carbs.
Though it is less than desirable to get injured, but it is the nature of the game. I could hide out and not risk the chance of injury or failure, but the thrill of the victory, whether it be on the field with a top finish or in the dungeon with a new PR or a great training day, is too great. I always liked this quote by our great President Theodore Roosevelt:
"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."
I think that I have many more days of feeling that thrill of victory. And I know with the help of HMB, I will be back to experience just that.