Well, August 3rd marked the 3rd anniversary of my accident. For those of you who don't know I was struck by a semi while riding a bicycle on my way home form an Advanced Exercise Physiology exam I had. All the X-rays, CT and MRI scans, Physical Therapy, Doctor's and Chiropractic visits did nothing for me but try to tell me what I would not be able to do for the rest of my life. No more weightlifting, no more Highland Games, and the worst, no normal life. Three years later I can now issue a big "Fuck You" to all of those people. It took almost two years for me to get back to a point where I could do any heavy lifting.
So, I went on a basic 5x5 and 3x5 programs to get some strength built up. I concentrated on three main lifts; the deadlift, the squat and the overhead push press. As a result of the accident I have a shoulder that is held together by nothing but scar tissue and the low back that you see in a 100 year old white woman. So when I started I could barely bench press the bar, could push press 135, could not hit parallel with 225 and barely pulled 315 off of the floor. In 9 months I have put 200 lbs on my bench 160 on my deadlift and 180 on my squat and 140 on my push press.
Now, for someone who is 6'2" and 280 those numbers are pretty pathetic, but it is a quest. One of these days I am going to realize my goal of competing in a full powerlifting meet. It will probably be pretty pathetic, but its something that I have wanted to do for a long time. I have already competed in three Highland Games so far this year. I have won two and placed second in the third by half a point.
I'm on my way back to where I want to be, but I will probably never be satisfied. I won't stop until I reach Elite, and so the journey resumes...