been three years away from boards. most difficult three years of my life. in a nutshell, had 8 major surgeries in 3 years, became addicted to prescription pain medications, got into big trouble, nearly died, and now on the road to recovery(12 months clean) but still paying huge personal, legal, professional, and financial consequences.
through all this, training has been my bedrock of keeping my sanity. i am now about 260lbs, still training hard but not heavy, as i am still recovering from yet even more injuries, most notable a tore Lat from dead-lifting and tore triceps from machine dips, and a complete shoulder separation from a bicycle crash.
anyhow, still training hard, and “heavy” for me, nice to see this forum still alive and going, offering good information and feedback.