I'm back. Waited until I had something interesting to say. Went through six months of not training at all while I was a medical guinea pig, was told I had prostate cancer, pituitary tumors, sleep apnea, sleep hypopnea, fibromyalgia and other conditions...all of which turned out to be false. I am not well yet, get doled out small doses of TRT by my puzzled endo, but I aint dyin and I decided on June 1 to restart serious training again. Started a home gym with 600 lbs of rusty weights I bought for $300 along with two crooked bars and a bench. I decided I would train as hard as I could, but this time eat as much as I wanted, just clean food and tons of protein.
I started making progress fast and before long I had my powerclean back to 275. But this time I promised myself I would put SQUATS above all else, yes, SQUATS. As a result, my weights in everyting, PL, OL and bodyweight, all climbed rapidly. Two weeks ago, in one workout I did a PL "meet" and went 315/375/475. Yeah, 375 squat...only 100 lbs over my squat last comeback. My bodyweight is 262. I am powersnatching 205, and can jerk that 275 PC with more to come, as my main goal is still to get into Master's OL and win at least the American championship (Need about 225/310 for that). All is great, but the day I pulled that heavy DL a pain I had been having in my left shoulder went from annoying to severe. Long story short, my ortho diagnosed it as either bicipital tendonitis vs. partial tear of the biceps at the insertion into the humerus. Got a cortisone shot, heat and ice etc and waiting to see if it heals in two weeks, which it should if its only tendonitis. Of course, my ortho told me my heavy lifting days are over. but he told me that fifteen years ago after my first rotator surgery. Suddenly putting the brakes on three months of non stop, furiously intense training has me feeling like I lost a limb. Still squatting at least, I can post a vid if anyone cares this weekend. I knew this comeback would be my last, and I trained with this mentality every workout, as if I was a gladiator training for what might be his last fight. My son is training with me, and although he is still a lightweight, my intensity has finally rubbed off on him and he is a tall, lean but muscular 17 year old now. He has taken my injury hard also. I know some of you guys have had these injuries, some of you torn your biceps clean off the bone. I need to hear some best case scenarios...I don't have the time for anymore surgery and long rehabs. If I can come back in 2-4 weeks and within a month or two be training everything hard again, my crazy dream will still be alive. Doc