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Ahh, I see it now. I'm jealous, it's longer than mine.



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I like both men with short and long hair. Thanks for sharing, Bilbo!

The photo below shows me at one of my favorite places, the Les Halles:


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Nice to see you Shen! I like the decor of the bar.



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Kewl bar, make my vodka and cranberry, lol.

Good to see you again.

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I almost never post pics of myself on the web, but I ran across this old baby pic of me. Judging by the date I was about 18 months old and I think it was probably Easter.


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Such a cutie.

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And then I grew up :P



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Awww, you were such a cutie and still are.



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Yeah don't knock your self Chesshire, there are plenty shits out there that will do that for you. There's nothing you.

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'Sup.  Part of the reason I've been so inactive lately is because I've spent the last two months training for an amateur strongman contest to benefit a local children's cancer ward, so in addition to slaving away at my regular job, training pretty much became my second full-time gig.  The event was yesterday.  Despite this being my first strongman contest ever, I wound up taking second place in the middleweight division, which earned me an invitation to the NASM championship later this year (last year it was in Las Vegas, so, fingers crossed and whatnot).

Anyhoo, my local paper was there along with all the spectators.  If you want to read about it, you can click here:


 
http://cjonline.com/stories/021008/lei_245553919.shtml
 
For whatever reason, the results board listed me under my full name...probably because that's how it appeared on the entry fee check that I wrote.
 
In addition to the article, one of their photographers was there snapping off pictures, some of which I'll post here.  My brother also burned off a bunch of pics, as well as some video footage.  When he gets it to me I'll post it too:
 
 
 


1) Warming up on the axle-press (you can't really tell, but that bar is 2" in diameter, so I could barely get my little china-doll hands around it)
 




2) Axle-press.  We had sixty seconds to do as many Olympic-style clean-and-press reps as possible.  (On a somewhat related note, the guy in the background in the white shorts and black tank top is the biggest human being I've ever seen).







 3) 600lb deadlift (not the best form, but I got it)





 
4) Wheelbarrow load and carry.  Had to load five sandbags, each of which weighed 200 pounds, onto a massive wheelbarrow and push that godforsaken rig sixty feet.





 
5) Another load/carry pic.  The guy in the white tank top was one of my training partners, and also plays arena football.  This time next year he'll probably be in the NFL.





 
6) Moving out







7) Eyeing the finish line.  I completed the entire course in 26 seconds, which was the best time of any of the day's competitors, and a full eight seconds faster than my best time in training






8) Last event.  Towing a 12,000 pound wrecker
 




 
 
9) As if this truck wasn't big enough, the damn thing blew a tire earlier in the morning, so it was like pulling a giant sled.






 
10) Not a one of us were able to pull this beast the entire sixty feet.  The furthest anyone got it was twenty-four feet.  I got it to about seventeen and a half.





 
11) Gutting it out for a few more inches (I have massive welts on either side from that harness).





 
 
12) Longest seventy-five seconds in recent memory.






 

13) Just pry out my fillings and toss me in a ditch!





 
 


14)  The John Rambo business casual look.  Yeah, I look ridiculous...but when you're dead tired, sore all over, and smell like a paper mill, you think little of it.
 
The girl behind me who handed out the medals had cancer when she was only eight years old.  She is now a senior councellor at Camp Hope (and even sang the national anthem to open the show!)

 

 

 



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Holy crap, Bilbo! You really were powerlifting some heavy weights! I hope the charity did well. You were so red-faced in some of those pics it looked like you were going to pop a vein!



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While I applaud all your efforts to help children's cancer victims, I wonder if you're not damaging yourself with all this stress on your body...Poor thing.

That was some massive weight shifted that day...Wow.



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ACK! Dont dorp those big weights! :P  I'm impressed Bilbo. You did good!:bounce_pinka:



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Angel wrote: Holy crap, Bilbo! You really were powerlifting some heavy weights! I hope the charity did well. You were so red-faced in some of those pics it looked like you were going to pop a vein!

We raised a couple thousand dollars for the camp, plus we got them quite a bit of publicity (the contest director took out several newspaper ads and a TV spot leading up to the show).  I'd never even heard of Camp Hope before signing up to do this show, so we're hoping word-of-mouth drums up further support for their cause.

 

mayaXXX wrote: While I applaud all your efforts to help children's cancer victims, I wonder if you're not damaging yourself with all this stress on your body...Poor thing.

That was some massive weight shifted that day...Wow.

I woke up a little sore, but really no more so than after a really tough workout.  It's all a matter of knowing how far you can push yourself...and knowing when to take it easy.  For example, I'm taking this entire week off from training (...which means I should have ample time to whip up an episode review).


CheshireKat wrote: ACK! Dont dorp those big weights! :P  I'm impressed Bilbo. You did good!:bounce_pinka:

I thought I did pretty good too, considering I'd never done a strongman show before (just powerlifting, which is confined only to gym lifts) and basically came out of "retirement" to do it.  Still, for as well as I did, I came away humbled, because the kid who edged me out for first place in the middleweight division...well, he really is a kid.  Only seventeen years old! 



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2008 NEBRASKA'S STRONGEST MAN
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1) The contest kicked off with a roll call of all the lifters.  It rained all night and into the morning, hence the sweatshirt (although there's simply no accounting for the ridiculous looking head-bob that my sister somehow caught me doing).
 
 
 
 
 
 
2) First event: Axle press.  We had three opportunities to Olympic-style clean and press as much weight as we could (with the rules stipulating that once you miss an attempt you are eliminated, so we had to be smart about how much weight we used).  What makes this event particularly difficult is the size of the bar...it's two inches thick, which is far thicker than a normal weightlifting bar.  It's a miracle that damn thing didn't go sailing right out of my little china-doll sized hands.  First rep = 260lbs (notice the totally involuntary Elvis-like lip curl...I have no earthly idea how I did that)
 



3) Second axle rep = 280...felt easier than the first
 
 
 

 
4) Third attempt = 300lbs...this damn judge got in the way quite a few times throughout the course of the day...I don't know how my sister restrained herself from flinging the camera at his head.  Anyhoo, I took second overall in this event (the guy right after me put up 320, which is just a bit too rich for my blood...at least right now).
 
 
 






5) Second event: Keg carry for distance.  For this event we had to pick up a beer keg full of sand and carry it back and forth along a sixty foot course as many times as we could before dropping it.  The middleweight keg weighed 270 pounds.






 
6) Because we had to bear-hug the keg, it became harder and harder to breathe...basically we were asphyxiating ourselves!!!  The reason most people dropped the keg wasn't because their grip gave out, but because their breathing became shallower and shallower to the point where their legs began to cramp up from lack of oxygen.  I don't think they designed this event with asthmatics in mind.
 
Nonetheless, I put boot to ass on this event, taking that godforsaken thing 249 feet before my legs finally gave out on me.  In the long run, this is the event that won the contest for me.
 





7) It was a relief to be rid of that thing...and a further relief to have another big guy standing by, just in case I needed somebody to catch me!
 
 






8) Third event: Farmer's walk.  Each of those weighted implements weigh 270 pounds, for a total of 540.  The object was to pick them up, carry them down the sixty foot course, around a cone, and back again, for a total of 120 feet.  This event was timed...not that any of us were moving too fast with those things.
 
 




9) My legs and back were perfectly comfortable with the weight...it was my aforementioned china-doll hands I was worried about.
 
 




10) The single worst part of this event--and probably the whole day--was the turn.  It's extremely difficult to execute a crisp about-face when you've got a quarter-ton of steel dictating your momentum.  Slow goings to say the least.





11)  Nearing the finish line.  As you can see, my hands were ready to call it a day (pretty sure I could hear the left one calling me a son of a bitch).
 







12) Event four: Sandbag carry and load.  This was another timed event.  We had to load a series of increasingly heavier sandbags onto a 48" platform as quickly as possible.  The bags were spaced out on the ground at five foot intervals, and weighed 200, 250, and 300 pounds respectively.  I was able to load all three, although not quite as quickly as the guy who went right after me.  Unfortunately, this event zipped by so quickly that my sister was only able to get one action shot.
 





13) Final event: Medley.  This was actually three events in one, similar in execution to a shuttle run.  We had seventy-five seconds to make three trips down and back the sixty foot course carrying a different heavy/awkward implement each time.  This is the first implement, called a yoke.  It weighed 600 pounds, and was surprisingly easy to carry (notice how low to the ground the base is...I actually forgot to have them lower the bar height for me!!!)
 





14) Medley phase II: Once the yoke stage was cleared it was on to the duck walk.  250 pounds of weight suspended from a chain with a "T" shaped handle on the end.  The event gets its name from the awkward, waddling steps competitors are forced to take because of the shape of that miserable thing (there's that damn judge again).
 
 





15) Medley phase III: The last stage of the medley was a sled drag.  450 pounds of weight piled on a small metal sled, which we had to drag across the asphalt via a chain (the chain was ridiculously long, so unfortunately the sled itself wound up getting cropped out of the picture!)

 





16) Nearing the finish line with the sled.  Could barely feel my left knee at this point, so I tried to focus as much of the weight as I could on my right.  By now I was ready to lie back and let them shovel dirt on me.
 
 




 
17) I wound up taking the day...by a mere half a point! 
 
And wouldn't you know it, the trophies were shaped like kegs (which may or may not qualify as irony...I'm going to need a ruling on that one).



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