Fine. You know what. I've never lied about any numbers I've posted on T-Nation but I'd feel pretty dishonest if I didn't own up to where I am at this point. Here are all my lifts without a belt that I feel are significant.
Wide-Stance Squat: 405lbs with the bottom of my ass on the same plane as my knees.
Rack Deadlift Below Knees: 435X2
Good Morning: 205X2
Bench Press: 240
Weighted Chin: Total Weight 255X3 (BW=170)
Weighted Dip: (BW+90)X8
Kroc Rows With Straps: 120X30
These are the best numbers I have to date. I'm 19. I started training in August of 05. I started with a max bench of 135. I've gained at least 40 pounds in the last 2 years and have gotten leaner through the process. I don't know what my bodyfat is but I'm without a doubt more cut than any Abercrombie Model I've been unfortunate enough to see (which isn't saying much).
I'm not looking for any sort of praise. If anyone responds to this post I'm expecting a lot of scoffing and a lot of people saying that at my age I should have been able to reach these numbers within the first 8 months of my training life if I had known what the fuck I was doing.
The reason I'm starting this post is that I love lifting weights, growing, getting stronger, and changing my body. But I'm also swimming at a Division III college. I've been swimming for 9 years. If you know anything about swimming, here are my times:
500 Free - 5:27
200 Free - 1:59
50 Free - 23.7
100 Free - 53.9
200 IM - 2:17
For the past two years I've been training at my tiny high school in North Carolina and swimming against the competition there. I was one of three kids in my graduating class to continue their sport in college. I was the captain of the swim team and could outlift anyone in the deadlift, weighted chin, or weighted dip.
Now I feel torn between dedicating myself entirely to weight training or to try and continue my training along with swimming hard-ass practices 2-3 hours every day and still lifting 4-5 hours a week.
I don't like swimming anymore. I find the training tedious. Unlike lifting, getting better at swimming has a lot less to do with effort and a lot more to do with talent and height (I'm 5'9'' the 2nd shortest on the team) I'm no longer fast enough to be competitive at the college level. But I've been put in a Junior dorm for some reason and I haven't been able to meet very many freshmen so 90% of my friends are swimmers.
So do I keep swimming since it's my main social outlet? Or do I drop swimming and see what kind of weights I can put up with all my physical capital dedicated to getting yoked?
Have any of you ever had to make a sports decision like this? Did you regret it or were you pleased with your decision? What's your story? Go ahead and tell me I'm a weird, stupid motherfucker for asking advice on an internet forum. But it would be nice if 1 out of 10 posts gave me some advice.