2013 Inconvenient Nationals

First off, I am real happy I got to spend time with some of my closest friends. They couldn’t be more awesome.

From the start the trip was covered in shit. Chris had hurt his back a few weeks ago. Shawn was unable to go forcing me to drive 6+ hours alone. Justin is busy sweating his dick off. Everything turns to shit.

I couldn’t afford the trip if I took my truck, alone. My friend brought up the idea of trading cars for the weekend. It was brilliant. Fast forward to Thursday. I had made it 30 minutes deep into the trip when I realized I forgot my fucking bag. I returned home and snagged it. 15 minutes into the trip I realized I forgot my fucking camera. I said “Fuck it. I’ll turn around”. I blew an hour of the trip making circles. This then put me into rush hour traffic. Swallowing a .45 was pretty tempting at this point. Highway 75 sucks a lot of ass. There is a long stretch of construction that walls off the emergency lane. So what happens if someone needs to pull over? Fuck em. 2 hours into the trip I was in this construction zone. The front left tire explodes forcing me to pull off to the left into the dirt. Good thing it had been pouring rain the past three days. The cars left side sinks about a foot deep into the mud. Can’t change the tire. Almost died. Sweet.

300 dollars, 4 tire shops, and a day later I was back on the road. This was after my stepdad brought a tire from Roswell for me. He said “As long as it doesn’t pour down rain you’ll be alright”. He was alluding to the fact that the tires were low on tread. It rained the rest of the drive.

28 hours after I had initially left I made it to Orlando. I managed to catch Brents last two deadlifts.

The inconvenience didn’t stop there. We planned on staying with Mikes parents. Their complex refused to show up on a GPS. This caused over 2+ hours of extra driving added to the weekend. Fuck it.

Fast forward to Mike competing. 2 attempts deep Mike’s hip/back started to hurt. He opted to stop competing. A smart decision. No reason to get hurt.

The weekend was incredibly stressful. Even though it sucked on a lot of levels I had a fucking great time. I met some great people and got to spend time with my closest friends.

Bench: 340×3/325×3/315×3
DB Incline Bench: 100×10/110×8/120×6
Press: 225×7
Dips: 90x5x3
DB Curls: 40×10/45×8/50×6
Seated DB Curls: 30x10x3

Squat: 405×5/405×3/405×1 My back was so under-recovered from Tuesday. Condensed training week.
Reverse Hypers: 50x10x3
Fat Bar Pull-Downs: 130×10/140×10/150×10
Pretty much a wasted workout

Deadlift: 585
Bench: 365×2
Squat: 405×2
Pull-Ups: BWx5x5
DB Curls: 45×10/50×8/55×6
Seated DB Curls: 25x10x3

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  1. Hey man, sorry about my rando FB messages. I tried to be funny before knowing about your tire situation, then felt like a prick once I knew about it. Glad you had a good time though, watching these videos make me nostalgic for when I could just hang with my buddies and be ridiculous.

    It’s not an issue. I know you’re not some asshole. We have had conversations before. If you were some prick who I never talk to and made an insulting comment, then I’d probably be mad. It’s a rare occasion when we all get to do stuff like that with our friends. It’s something special man.

  2. I bought a foam roller at a local sports store on Monday. I’ve been doing Justin’s foam rolling warm-up video on YouTube every day. Lots of pain face in my room.

    You’ll get used to it soon, then you’ll have to move to a PVC pipe.

  3. AC, I think it’s awesome that you have a good group of guys you can train and compete with. The rest of us who train alone have to live vicariously through you.

    For the most part I actually train alone. So does most of the 70’s Big crew. Fortunately we can all get together here and there to have a good time.

  4. Shirtless men, sweat, balls, rods, grimacing faces. This is porn…..

    Don’t forget to categorize it under “gay”. Apparently we give off a big gay vibe.

  5. Holy crap that was a lot of bad luck. I guess Brent would have killed himself if he had to endure this.

    One of those weekends where if it could go wrong it went wrong.

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