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2017 Prep Update: “How Did You Do?”

It has been three weeks since the last show of this competition season.  The last show was on Saturday, October 15th, and I was back into teacher mode on Monday morning. Another HUGE life change is in the works, so I've taken time to reflect before I wrote this post. ...

Becoming an Athlete After 50

The first time I touched a barbell, I was 48 years old.  I’m now 55. Some people say my age is an irrelevant point about me as an athlete, but they are wrong.  It’s extremely relevant. I was a fully formed adult with scars and strengths from living life before I...

2017 Prep Update: Reflections Before Moving Forward (Video Included)

"So how did you do?" How do I explain how this was my favorite "last place" of all?  How does that make any sense when validation is supposed to be about a scorecard?  Four shows now and four last place finishes, but my truth now is... IT. DOES. NOT. MATTER. It's been...

2017 Prep Update: Day 275 of 275 – Show Time!

First off - I apologize, but I don't have many show pictures yet.  Just ordered them.  I have the shots my coach took with his phone during pre-judging, so I'll include those in this post.  Plus any other little things I grabbed with my phone.  I didn't take many...

My Competitor Self

Had a great conversation with my coach this week.  It's similar to one we've had before.  I think I need to share it...

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1 Week, 5 Days…

As I sit with a cup of coffee to write this, I am waiting to hear my coach's response to the update I sent last night....

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