Im glad I’m so popular… and yes this thread is good.
my ‘difficulties’ I like that-
are mostly time and injuries taking a toll
crap shoulders, jacked up neck - tight hips and one weak ankle, tendonitis, touchy elbows,
and some really bad concussions that kept reappearing over and over again.
and like most people I taped up iced said fuck it and trained and competed when I shouldn’t have
It does not turn off.
it was kind of a mantra ice it tape it fuck it.
Part of that was that I had some D1 scholarships- that I needed to fufill
and Im as hard headed as anyone else, tell an athlete or aspiring athlete they cant and watch what happens.
when I got to the international level I would damned if I wasn’t going to compete-
no matter what.
sounds bad but I think its kind of normal for someone trying to compete
for I guess what is a long time.
My neck is clearly the worst thing- and prevents me from any more rolling Judo BJJ etc
as recent as early last year I was able to play 2x a month maybe less.
Right now I have been seeing a different Chiropractor , whom I got from NYAC
some ART some Huge ass shots of crap in my neck and things are looking a little better.
I have something like 3 discs that are fused- and bulging yay.
On cutting - I have some residual problems
but lets specify that I competed at 130 and under and at 54 and 58 kg later on.
I prob cut 6 to 12 lbs in colege twice a week
just how it worked out for me.
part of that was wanting to start.
and wanting to compete- I thought that was the point.
in that I never went through puberty or needed to shave
til say 22 or 23.
My voice never changed and at 39 I still look very young.
Im just 5.6.
I grew maybe 3 or 4 inches in height after college wrestling- so clearly I was not eating enough.
had some internal damage - liver and kidney - from being dehydrated
those have long cleared up.
And from years and years of roadwork- I have some jacked up feet.
Concussions I think are part to being dehydrated.
I dont talk about it much but I stopped drinking at 26 so I was drinking allot through college.
could have as much to do with it as well ( post season)
as for not holding body mass, I have to eat all day to crack 185 right now Im
‘big’ for me at 186 in gym clothes
I could get bigger if I truly wanted that, say 200
but I would be afraid to carry too much fat for me-
and would loose what ever athleticism I might still have
for perspective in the weight room mid 2010
I squatted 405
snatch grip dead was 425 for a double
OH squatted 185x5
pullups bw + 90 x 5 stuff like that.
yet things like bench and OH press are not even close I benched 265 for a single in september
recently in the weight room- cause that’s all I can do now-
as in last few weeks
I front squatted 285 OH pressed 175 pulled 405 for a bunch of reps it was 6 reps.
that is after a 5 or 6 month lay off
that lay off was part injuries healing and having a kid moving etc.
so- my activities are low in the strength world - average in a gym.
One thing I welcomed with Judo was the gi-
you can hid so much tape wraps etc with a gi on.
it really sucked wearing an ankle brace being taped to shit in practice,
and then competing without
worse was hobbling to the scale and hoping that people did not notice.
Ok enough about me…
Beast whats good with you
Damn… I’ve nothing but respect for you after reading all of that. I didn’t know of your creds, so color me impressed. I am one of the lucky ones who left the wrestling world unscathed. No cauliflower ear, no joint issues… I look back on it and can’t help but laugh. My lingering injury comes from high school football. A couple of discs in my neck aren’t sitting right, so all it would take is one more big hit and it’d break. Funny that I looked at wrestling as the “safer” alternative.
Going over what you detailed, I have to eat a bit of crow. Wouldn’t be the first time.
Its cool- thanks for the props
you seem to have had the better career
I like your path, no crow necessary at all.
I laugh too, My ears are still good, really it’s just my neck.
the other stuff isn’t so bad at all- chalk it up to age.
I really laugh for all this I still had a crap record.
I think I trained that much and that hard cause I wasn’t as good
and I had to do more to stay competitive and at that time that is what was expected.
and let me clarify a few things all the international stuff
was club level and I was a training partner for a while.
that was the ‘peak’ I did a little stint at the OTC
again just as a body fresh meat.
I won a greco tournamentand later got to be someone’s
good training partner for a little bit but not
the ‘training partner’ that is like a titled position
and basically you are number two.
not the case with me- must a local training partner
when this guy was home vs at official camps-upstate NY.
the training partner gig lets you travel
compete in some matches get in on the bottom of tournaments
without any seeding.
usually you are the kid getting rag dolled
what ever scholarships I had , not a full ride but it helped
more like free sneakers , books and a hoodie.
There is a good program in NYC called beat the streets
its wrestling for urban kids.
Its a good thing they do ok I think that is what I think needs to happen
make wrestling an urban sport, and let it it get the exposure it needs
to move forward