10 months ago I "re" found powerlifting and this message board in particular and I haven't been the same since. I wanted to thank everyone here who helped me when I first started out and who continue to help and inspire me. After 6 or 7 years away from heavier lifting it took some time to get my strength back but I am just loving the journey. I recently accomplished one of my biggest short term goals when I made one of Jon's top 50 lists over at powerliftingwatch.com. Training by myself I need to find things that motivate me and that list is a big one. Here is my brief progress chart so to speak
Sept 19, 2008 - first meet (6 weeks of training) 275 RAW (38 years old)
**After losing roughly 2 months of leg training because of a knee injury I did my first full squat with 135 on Feb 7th. Thank goodness for muscle memory.
Feb 28, 2009 Hwy (281) RAW
Deadlift 501 - had to switch to sumo - which I suck at but it is what I had to do
April 18, 2009 308 (281) RAW - by fed standards
Squat 556 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDd28...e=channel_page
Bench 363 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ek0Ft...eature=channel
Deadlift 501 - missed 523 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhTPz...eature=channel
I am back to conventional deads and I have my sights set on a 1500 total for my June 27th meet. I've learned a lot about training here and that has allowed me to stay healthy as of late. I am also trying to grow the sport here in town - trying to get people involved and it is happening. The local news did a story on my lifting.
I must first say the opening lines made me uncomfortable as there are quite a few guys I know in town that are stronger than me let alone the state but the story has generated a buzz and it has sparked interest. The kids I teach really thought it was cool. http://www.kxmb.com/video.asp?Articl...&VideoId=27776
I wanted to say thanks again to all of you - pros or Joe's like me - the topics, the discussion, the sharing of ideas - all of it has helped me tremendously.