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 Posted: Fri Jul 25th, 2008 03:09 am

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Congrats on winning the competition, Bilbo!  I strive to comprehend how some of that is physically possible, I'm sure every muscle in your body was bitching you out by the end of the day.  I hope you had a good rub-down afterwards and a pint to celebrate your win. :beerchug:



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Un-fucking-believable, Bilbo...YOU ROCK !! It figures the trophy would be a beer keg and they had you schlepping kegs around the course. :c030a:

Congrats on the win, and now maybe you'll take it a little easier so you can breathe...:fear2:



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 Posted: Fri Jul 25th, 2008 04:02 pm

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WAY TO GO BILBO! Contrats



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gawds ya hot Bilbo! making me all creamy inside what wif your strong man thingie going on..never thought I'd like a big old sweaty man but ya working on me..slowly..

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congrats!!! nice trophy..does it have a refund on it?



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Here are some of the pictures my brother took from last week's strongman contest.  I actually almost didn't compete in it.  The week before when we were demonstrating the car deadlift for our local paper I wrenched a nerve in my lower back (likely because the footing we were on was really uneven, although it might have something to do with my wanting to impress the stripperific--though chronically disinterested--photographer), which means I was forced to watch the Super Bowl lying on my back on an icepack.  From Sunday through Wednesday I actually had the promoter scratch my name by the list...but then come Thursday I felt a little better...and then Friday I was quite a bit better.  And while it was, admittedly, a dangerous move, I couldn't bring myself to drop out when I felt that much better, so I decided to do it at the last second.  Wound up tying for second place out of fourteen middleweights, in what was hands-down the toughest field I've ever gone up against.  And after that...you guessed it, more ice!

Anyhoo, here are the pictures:
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1) No expenses spared on the advertising budget.  I suggested we rent a giant spotlight (never mind that it was in the middle of the day) or a portable billboard promising everything from top notch tax services at reasonable rates to free beer.  As with most of my really good ideas, my friends looked at me kinda cockeyed and politely declined.






2) First event: Axle press for reps.  Had 60 seconds to overhead press 240 pounds (on a 2-inch thick axle bar) as many times as we could.  This is becoming one of my signature events, as I've gotten dramatically better at it since I started doing these shows, and my 1-rep max is within fifteen pounds of the current lightweight national record holder. 





3) In this case I managed to grind out fifteen reps; three more than I ever got in training, and only one rep behind the guy who won the event.






4) And now, to drive a stake through its heart so it can't come back.






5) Second event: car deadlift for reps.  This is that event I was doing in the paper, although we used a much nicer car and WAAAAAY better footing for the actual contest.  Just like before, we had a minute to do as many complete reps as possible.  I'm not 100% sure, but I believe the actual amount of weight I was pulling was a little north of 600 pounds.  I wound up performing 25 reps, but only 22 of them counted (twice I missed the "down" command from the judge, and once I didn't touch the damn thing all the way to the ground).  Judging by the hue of my face, I'm guessing Kyle took this picture near the end.






6) I can't even begin to describe what my back felt like after that, but I'll try...imagine some steroid-addled baseball player used your lower back for batting practice, then kicked you out of a speeding bullet train onto a pile of jagged cement cinder blocks encased in ice...and to top all that off, you slept on it wrong!  Not exactly paradise, but to be honest I felt better after that go-around than I did the week before, when I was legitimately injured.








7) One of half a dozen people who helped me stay in one piece.  Kyle didn't get any pictures of it, but when I wasn't warming up for one of my own events I spent most of the show lying on my back on the cold concrete with my shirt hiked up.  Aesthetically appalling?  Absolutely.  Did I give a rat's ass what anyone in the crowd thought?  Can't say I did.  Hey, whatever works.






8) Third event: carry and drag medley.  60 foot course.  For the first leg we had to carry a 240 pound keg down the course (you can see the keg there between the two guys in red).  For the second half, we had to drag a 150 pound iron sled with a motorcycle on it (the bike probably weighed between 300 and 400 pounds).  I'm not sure what my time was in this event.  It wasn't the best, but I'm pretty sure it was in the top 3, because it moved me into a tie for first place.





9) Just...just start shoveling dirt on me...






10) By now you could have broken rocks on my lower back, stiff as the muscles were.






11) Final event: keg load.  Had 60 seconds to load five kegs (weighing 220, 240, 260, 280, and 315 pounds) onto a platform.  This was my best event in training, and I put up some absolutely blistering times at the gym.






12) Unfortunately, with my back in turmoil, I was about half a second slower on each keg than I needed to be.





13) Me and the guy I was tied for first with wound up canceling each other's scores out, allowing another kid (the axle record holder I mentioned) to slip by us and take first while we tied for second.  I can't complain in the least...he's a badass and put on a hell of a performance.  But I believe if my back had been at 100% going in I would have taken the gold.  Eh, shit happens...




14) Another day, another shiny lil' paperweight.




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And because I'm a complete doofus, here some pictures from my gym's Myspace page that I dressed up when I was fooling around with paintshop:












































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A fairly new one.



Doesn't look much like me... Which is probably the reason why this is one of the very few photos of me that I like...:bigwink2:



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Bilbo, you look like you're about to give birth to Alien in picture number two.  Is there enough ice in the world to numb your back after an event like that?  So is there where all the guys go to compare testosterone?  I may just have to show up at one of these events......   Anyhoo....Congrats on 2nd place!  It looks like alot of painful fun!



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Hey Cesare, I love that red hair on you....speaking from one red head to another, red is the only way to go.



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Her hair nice but it looks more like mid brown to me.

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CONGRATULATIONS Bilbo. As long as you enjoyed it, it's worth the pain and effort.

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Angel wrote: Bilbo, you look like you're about to give birth to Alien in picture number two. 

Many were the times that day when I felt like weakly murmuring "K...kill...me..."



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Bilbo67 wrote: Angel wrote: Bilbo, you look like you're about to give birth to Alien in picture number two. 

Many were the times that day when I felt like weakly murmuring "K...kill...me..."

Aww, poor thing, give those muscles a rest now.



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Those narcissistic moods sometimes bring somewhat decent results...
Been fooling a bit with the camera in order to take mugshot of me usable as a Sina avatar...





Angel wrote:
Hey Cesare, I love that red hair on you....speaking from one red head to another, red is the only way to go.


DFG was right, my hair was mid-brown... Until today...;-)


And - hopefully - that's enough of me till I get a new hair color or something...:-)

(None of them looks like me and yes - I am hiding crooked teeth...;-))

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I think you look good with the red hair, Cesare.



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 Posted: Fri Aug 27th, 2010 09:58 pm

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Flaunting the commemorative dagger I won in last weekend's strongman contest:

 



 



 



 

I defy anyone to tell me they have a cooler letter opener than me!



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