Friday, November 28, 2014

Birthday/Ampuversary Celebration Announcement

Today is my birthday (the 24th that I've had thus far), and Sunday is my ampuversary.  To commemorate both occasions, tomorrow I'm getting together with Daniel and Destin, two great friends and training partners, to have a mock powerlifting meet of sorts.

I'll be doing bench press, deadlift, and overhead press. My goal numbers are 260lbs, 225lbs, and 155lbs, respectively. I would be doing squats, but I still have limited range in my knee, so that's out.

Before my accident, I had a competition best bench press of 260lbs, a competition best deadlift of 480lbs, and a 185lb strict overhead press.

I chose my bench press goal because it will tie my competition best. A 225lb deadlift is a nice milestone because it means two 45lb plates on each side of the bar. The overhead press goal just seemed like a nice number.

Considering that I was told I might not be walking until around this time, I'm really happy with how well my lifting has progressed. I've gone from weighing 167lbs when I came out of the hospital to being back at ~230lbs. My bench press has gone from a struggling 95lbs for 5 reps in March or April to 225lbs for 5 last week. I've pulled a 185lb deadlift for three reps. I've put a 145lb barbell and a 150lb log overhead. My confidence in hitting my goals tomorrow is pretty high.

Thanks for all the support everyone has given me. It's been quite the interesting year. I'm looking forward to updating everyone tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Water Leg Fundraiser

We've recently opened the pool for the summer, though I have yet to get it.  One of the things holding me back is that I can't wear my prosthesis in the pool because the pump could become damaged.  My prosthetist told me they can make me a leg I can wear in the pool or even in the ocean, but it will cost me $1500.

We can't use insurance to pay for this because they would consider it my leg and wouldn't pay for my main prosthesis this summer.  I've started a GoFundMe campaign to try and raise at least some of the money.

Click here if you would like to help by donating or would like to check the progress of the campaign.