This is my second journal here. Some of you may remember me from my last journal, "The Adventures of the Bodybuilding Powerlifter", which if you're interested and/or really bored, can be found here: http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showth...ght=adventures
I decided to start over with a fresh journal. I like the exchange of ideas on the forums, and I hope this new start will help get me going on them again. For a little background: I have been lifting for 8+ years, and competing in the sport of powerlifting (USAPL, raw and single-ply) since August 2008. I have also been a full-time college student since summer 2011. Since returning to school, I completed my associates' degree at Baltimore City Community College in May 2012, and am currently pursuing a bachelors' degree in accounting with a minor in business administration at University of Maryland University College. These 2 things occupy a huge portion of my life in terms of time, energy, finance and more. Since I'm not half-assing it with either, I consider myself a student-athlete.
I don't think I'm a special case or anything. I haven't met a lot of people in the same situation, but that doesn't mean they don't exist. Here's what I mean by "not-so-average":
1. I'm 36 years old.
2. I work 45-55 hours per week delivering mail for the U.S. Postal Service (this is what I refer to as "urban hiking" or "mailman GPP")
3. I'm married (my wife of 11 years also started powerlifting about 2 years ago).
4. I have 3 children (ages 7, 2 1/2, and 5 weeks).
5. Powerlifting would have to be considered a non-traditional sport, but it is a legitimate sport nonetheless.
One day, I was goofing around with someone on this shirt I got from the Arnold this year that reads "GET SWOLE. LIVE SWOLE" That's where the SWOLE in the title came from. As an acronym, SWOLE = School, Working Overtime, Lifting, Eating. Outside of and including my family, that's pretty much my life these days. So that's the background for my journal.
Now for training, etc...
I'm 5'8". For the last 3 weeks, I've averaged a wake-up weight of 218 lbs. Waist is 36", so I'm still pretty lean, plus I tend to store more fat in my ass than my stomach, so that may be misleading. I have 2 major competitive goals for 2013:
1. Compete at Raw Nationals in July, and qualify for the Raw Challenge at the 2014 Arnold Sports Festival. I haven't done that meet since 2011.
2. Compete in single-ply gear at the American Open in December, and earn a total that would make me feel comfortable entering my first Open Nationals in 2014.
There are 1 or 2 other meets that I may do this year. If so, I won't be "peaking" for them. I'll just use them as training meets to get more platform experience and get a feel for where my lifts are.
Speaking of which, here's the most recent video footage I have. I tested my geared squat, bench, and deadlift in the gym about 4 weeks ago. I hadn't tested those in quite some time, so now I have some data to work off of. Not a bad day, but I still need lots of practice in it before December.
If you've made it this far, thank you for your time and for checking me out. I hope you'll stop back and I'll try to keep the log up to date. As 2013 starts, I have bronchitis (YES!) and I'm on antibiotics for 4 more days. And I have next to no voice. Still, I hope to get my first 2 sessions of the year in tomorrow and Thursday, starting with deadlifts and squats tomorrow.