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Re: IRON & STONE: Adventures of an Amateur Strongman

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Post by mouse » Sat May 15, 2021 4:55 pm

I'll probably write up a long review on Monday, hell of a contest, mistakes were made, battles were waged, squeaked out a 3rd place but the real story was what happened AFTER the contest... which you can see here:



Aaaaand better here lol...


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CNY STRONGEST 4 RESULTS

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Post by mouse » Sun May 16, 2021 3:28 am

K so yeah, full meet report:

CNY's Strongest Man/Woman 4: Part Deux
5/15/2021 - Lafayette, NY
3rd Place Men's Open 220

Weighed in at 210 and change... so literally the lightest BW I've ever competed as lol

Max Log - 240, 260, 280(miss) - tied 3rd
Dang dude if I didn't underestimate my direct competition. Actually I think a few of us did. It became clear during warm ups that we we're all figuring each other out and strategy wasn't gonna work. Three of us opened at 240, two of us missed 280, and top dawg (Utah lol) won the class with his opener at 280, and went on to get 300 and 320 for a PR just because. To say I wasn't bummed a bit would be a lie, but my overhead has suffered with this new BW and I did about as well as I figured, it just wasn't enough today.

Keg Toss - 6 kegs 22.9 seconds - 3rd
None of the kegs were marked and they were all roughly the same weight. Somewhere between 25-30 lbs? Maybe on the lower end honestly. This was by far the surprise event for me, I ripped all 6 over with no real mistakes which would end up helping me later. If I would have been smoother actually grabbing the kegs I probably could have had 2nd place, as we were only seperated by 3/10th's of a second. Very pleased here.

Axle Deadlift for Reps - 525x8 - tied 2nd
Not much to say here other than this was a failure on my part that will bug me. I knew 8-10 reps was gonna win this event. I underestimated the other two guys in our top four who both got 8 reps. 1st place did 10 right before I went. I miscounted and thought I had 9 which was grindy, so I thought I'd settle and save myself for hus/stones. Turns out I stopped at 8. I really need to ask someone to count for me next time. Points wise it wasn't a game changer, but it's a personal rookie mistake I shouldn't have made.

Husafell Carry Max Distance - 275 for ~175ft - 3rd
What can I say except I surprised myself here. In training 275 felt awful and I only managed about 60ft. Something about this Hus felt much better, I got a great pop off the pick and grip was only a slight issue where I had to stop and adjust halfway down. I pushed to max effort here. There was no 'just enough' lol. Every step the last 15 feet felt like my feet were made of lead and I had no idea how big of a step I was taking, just that I needed to keep moving. Kept moving until the clock expired. Good enough for third but a huge mental victory.

Atlas Stone for Reps - ~300x6 - tied 3rd
Probably the first time I think I've done 'well' at stones. I did screw up one rep towards the end which cost me what would have been a tie for 2nd, but I was lucky enough to have enough time to grind one more over that kept me in for a 3rd place tie. Tape slippage was an issue for a lot of us with the warm weather. Happy with my performance here, another max effort don't-even-count-just-go event...

All in all it may not have been my best finish, but I did podium in a VERY stacked class against some very strong guys at a VERY light BW and this was easily my most CONSISTENT contest yet. I may have been middle of the pack all day, but there was no terrible event and that's huge progress for me. Usually I have one event that I just do awful at the negates one where I do really well. In the end that kept me in the podium chase.

Finding out I'm gonna be a 3x dad overshadowed everything, but really helped cement this contest as one that will probably go down as my favorite over all. Very competitive, super fun outside, and a great return to full competition that I've been looking forward to...

https://ironpodium.com/events/live/cent ... -part-duex

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Re: IRON & STONE: Adventures of an Amateur Strongman

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Post by mouse » Mon May 17, 2021 3:14 pm

5/17/2021

SSB Squat
365x5, 385x5, 400x5

Strict Press
155x6, 175x6, 185x6

Hatfield Split Squat
240x8x2

Farmers Carry 60ft
205x4 all sub ~10 sec

Five weeks out from Rituals of Strength 4 in Rochester... first time doing this show and it should be nice now that NY is officially lifting all the rona BS...

I'll be running some of (BBM) Alan's stuff as a basic template, but probably not super strict because I'll be dropping in event days and stuff with the East Ave and I&S crew, but it will be enough for me to get a feel for it...

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Re: IRON & STONE: Adventures of an Amateur Strongman

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Post by augeleven » Mon May 17, 2021 5:54 pm

Congrats on all the thirds there!!

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Re: IRON & STONE: Adventures of an Amateur Strongman

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Post by mouse » Tue May 18, 2021 3:33 am

augeleven wrote: Mon May 17, 2021 5:54 pm Congrats on all the thirds there!!
Thanks man, I'm just excited for my wife because one of her big reveals finally worked... I notoriously ruined her first attempt (which is really her fault, she had tried pranking me the Christmas prior, so when she actually told me I accused her of trying to prank me again, not the reaction she wanted lol...)

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Re: IRON & STONE: Adventures of an Amateur Strongman

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Post by mouse » Tue May 18, 2021 11:45 am

Just found out the Buffalo Heavies are doing a Highland Games literally down the road from our old house (about 15 minutes from our current house) so this might also be the year I don a kilt...

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Re: IRON & STONE: Adventures of an Amateur Strongman

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Post by mouse » Tue May 18, 2021 2:53 pm

5/18/2021

Push Press
185x5, 200x5, 210x5

SLDL
455x1, 380x5x2

CGB+BB Row
225x8 / 185x8

CDB Press
90x3x3 (right), 60x3x3 (left)

My weak side is definitely lagging and awkward on the circus dumbbell... but I'll work on catching it up week by week... right now I just want to dial in a bit before trying to push weight...

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Re: IRON & STONE: Adventures of an Amateur Strongman

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Post by mouse » Thu May 20, 2021 2:50 pm

5/20/2021

Front Squat
290x6, 310x6, 330x6
My adductors are fucking PISSED

Power Jerk
235x1, 205x5x2

Ukrainian Deadlift
5" Sumo Deficit DL

315x8x2

Keg Over Bar 52" - 60 Sec
265x5

Jerks didn't stay as snappy as I wanted, we will see how next week goes. "Ukrainian DLs" were probably too light, but I was just feeling them out. They aren't true UDLs because I don't have a loading pin/high enough boxes, so basically it's a high deficit sumo dead...

Not doing the loading as prescribed, basically due to my lack of variety. In its place I'm just alternating tasks, today was an all out heavy set with the keg. Next week will probably high rep sets with the stone, etc...

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Re: IRON & STONE: Adventures of an Amateur Strongman

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Post by Hardartery » Thu May 20, 2021 3:21 pm

mouse wrote: Mon May 17, 2021 3:14 pm 5/17/2021

SSB Squat
365x5, 385x5, 400x5

Strict Press
155x6, 175x6, 185x6

Hatfield Split Squat
240x8x2

Farmers Carry 60ft
205x4 all sub ~10 sec

Five weeks out from Rituals of Strength 4 in Rochester... first time doing this show and it should be nice now that NY is officially lifting all the rona BS...

I'll be running some of (BBM) Alan's stuff as a basic template, but probably not super strict because I'll be dropping in event days and stuff with the East Ave and I&S crew, but it will be enough for me to get a feel for it...
Congrats on the baby! Congrats on the 3rd! HGs are a ton of fun, and you actually throw better with a drink or two in you (Not joking, and it's usually going on IME).

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Re: IRON & STONE: Adventures of an Amateur Strongman

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Post by mouse » Thu May 20, 2021 4:40 pm

Hardartery wrote: Thu May 20, 2021 3:21 pm
Congrats on the baby! Congrats on the 3rd! HGs are a ton of fun, and you actually throw better with a drink or two in you (Not joking, and it's usually going on IME).
Thanks man, yeah I'm keeping an eye on if/when they do some rookie days to get a feel for the actual events... I'm a very unexplosive dude but that never stops me from trying lol

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Re: IRON & STONE: Adventures of an Amateur Strongman

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Post by Hardartery » Thu May 20, 2021 4:44 pm

mouse wrote: Thu May 20, 2021 4:40 pm
Hardartery wrote: Thu May 20, 2021 3:21 pm
Congrats on the baby! Congrats on the 3rd! HGs are a ton of fun, and you actually throw better with a drink or two in you (Not joking, and it's usually going on IME).
Thanks man, yeah I'm keeping an eye on if/when they do some rookie days to get a feel for the actual events... I'm a very unexplosive dude but that never stops me from trying lol
There are usually two amateur divisions, A and B. B is totally novice, if you win a B division you are thereafter deemed to be an A thrower and not allowed to compete as a B again. Brute force goes a long way in the B division.

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Re: IRON & STONE: Adventures of an Amateur Strongman

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Post by mouse » Sat May 22, 2021 6:41 am

Hardartery wrote: Thu May 20, 2021 4:44 pm
mouse wrote: Thu May 20, 2021 4:40 pm
Hardartery wrote: Thu May 20, 2021 3:21 pm
Congrats on the baby! Congrats on the 3rd! HGs are a ton of fun, and you actually throw better with a drink or two in you (Not joking, and it's usually going on IME).
Thanks man, yeah I'm keeping an eye on if/when they do some rookie days to get a feel for the actual events... I'm a very unexplosive dude but that never stops me from trying lol
There are usually two amateur divisions, A and B. B is totally novice, if you win a B division you are thereafter deemed to be an A thrower and not allowed to compete as a B again. Brute force goes a long way in the B division.
OK cool, I'll have to start asking some actual questions in the group... don't think I'd ever dedicate a bunch of training time to it, but never say never...

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Re: IRON & STONE: Adventures of an Amateur Strongman

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Post by mouse » Sat May 22, 2021 10:39 am

5/22/2021

And here I was thinking that my tricep sore was the worst thing I'd deal with all day...

Went out to East Ave to get used to some of the events for Rituals... mainly tire flops (bet you can guess where I'm going). Keg presses went good, descending axle deads went good, took a few flops on the tire to get a feel for it... OK cool not bad. Took the farmers down, moved to the tire... ripped off my right bicep...

At the ER now waiting to get checked out... fun...

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Re: IRON & STONE: Adventures of an Amateur Strongman

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Post by Wilhelm » Sat May 22, 2021 11:55 am

Fuck.

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Post by gymdad150 » Sat May 22, 2021 3:19 pm

Oh dear...

Sorry to read that you're injured. Best wishes for full recovery!

Congrats on number three!!!

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Re: IRON & STONE: Adventures of an Amateur Strongman

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Post by mouse » Sat May 22, 2021 3:45 pm

Wilhelm wrote: Sat May 22, 2021 11:55 am Fuck.

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Exactly what I said when it happened lol
gymdad150 wrote: Sat May 22, 2021 3:19 pm Oh dear...

Sorry to read that you're injured. Best wishes for full recovery!

Congrats on number three!!!
Thanks man 👍

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Post by Renascent » Sat May 22, 2021 7:17 pm

Shit, sorry to hear about the injury.

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Post by houzi » Sat May 22, 2021 11:57 pm

That sucks man. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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Re: IRON & STONE: Adventures of an Amateur Strongman

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Post by mouse » Sun May 23, 2021 3:56 am

Thanks guys, I will say just being at the beginning of this I'm super grateful for the tons of resources I have at my disposal...

Inbox has been flooded with articles, resources, and anecdotal info from all kinds of people who have dealt with this (or at least similar)...

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Re: IRON & STONE: Adventures of an Amateur Strongman

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Post by Hardartery » Sun May 23, 2021 8:35 am

I wish that was an unusual injury, but you are in good company with that tear. Do you know if it's partial or total yet? Surgery? I can say the after it heals you should get some deep tissue massage on both arms. Sometimes you are developing or left with pockets of scar tissue from training or from that sort of injury. Or both. A guy I used to compete with in NC had a string of tears in both arms, it was all old scar tissue from years of training and mild strains apparently. Deep tissue work helps, myofascial release work if you can find someone local that does that. At least an annual deep tissue massage is normal in Strongman, a lot of guys are monthly.

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