Had back surgery a week or so ago, recovery is going well. After consulting three different doctors, they all decided that it would be best to go ahead and get it done. All is well, and I appreciate those that have asked. Nerve pain is gone , first time in 20 some years. Some of the calls and emails and texts and letters are really touching. I have to admit that I hate all of that, I am supposed to be helping them, and asking them how they are doing, so it's weird. I slept in a bed for the first time in years without waking up and feeling like I went ten rounds with Chuck Wepner, so that is progress. My surgeon is truly amazing. I even got some flowers. Yes, flowers from my good friend, Charity. She is one of my former athletes who I now help with her training. She is aces.
Training wise I will be able to begin some light stuff in about 5 weeks. Gonna do some boxing because I rode the bike so much for my last contest that it may be awhile before I get back on one of those things.
What else is new? Lots of reading.
Their Life's Work by Pomerantz, about the 70's Steelers. Sort of a "where are they now" look back, warts and all. Its the first book that I have read that gives proper treatment of Mike Webster and his problems and his triumphs. It even quotes his son, Colin, a friend of mine. It also uses an article that Colin did for Startingstrength.com as a reference.
Monsters The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football by Rich Cohen. Now this is a good book. Get ready, though. These guys gave their hearts and souls and bodies to the game. Jim McMahon's story is especially heart wrenching.
Pat Conroy's, The Death of Santini- just starting this one, but all of his books are touching and so well written.
I have been inspired by some of my client's progress. One lady is closing in on the 50 pound weight loss mark, and she has promised me a "How she did it" article. Looking forward to that, totally inspiring.
I have been working with my puppy, Storm. She is so smart, the smartest dog that I have ever owned( Do not tell Bas). She is retrieving nicely and working on obedience.
Also been eating some Parrillo Nutrition products. Amazing stuff. Pudding, bars and powders. Marty Gallagher hooked me up with some samples (He is the editor of Parrillo's Performance Press that can be found online) and I have to admit this is the best stuff that I have had supplement -wise in a long time.
Marty and Brad Gillingham and Kirk and a few others will be giving a huge seminar at Penn on March 8th. This will be a kick ass learning opportunity. Go to www.Dragondoor.com for information. Really looking forward to it.
And my assistant/training partner Tracy is prepping for the NPC Bodybuilding Nationals. She is less than a month out so you can imagine the way she is feeling right now. She will make it though, she is a tough one.
Also- If ANYONE has a copy of the 1986 Dallas vs. Eagles game at Texas Stadium on dvd or VHS, I would love to buy it.
And I will leave you with one of my favorite videos of all time- American Record Holder Cristi Bartlett(USAPL 507 Deadlift) squatting 370 lbs