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