There’s a funny saying out there, “Declaring your plans makes God laugh” or something like that. I was thinking of that as I was writing about our plan for the Texas weekend. I thought, “Here’s what we’re planning, I wonder what it will really look like?” Here’s what I didn’t have pictured:

A day, throwing and lifting heavy shit, in the pouring rain. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

We DID have amazing BBQ from Lockhart. The beef rib from Black’s is still my favorite. The Oz man DID have a blast on his airplane rides. He really liked the fact that, since he’s 12, he doesn’t have to take his shoes off at security and I do (It’s the little things in life for a 12 year old.) Getting a free soda and pretzels also make his day.

I woke up Friday morning feeling like I needed something a little more healthy than a Gene’s burger so we picked up some fruit and chicken salad (and later Whataburger for the boys who did NOT feel like they needed something healthy.) Our Friday became quite the whirlwind when we hit Wichita Falls as we made a quick Academy run for some tacky (which did NOT work in the rain. Which reminds me, I owe Tammy a bottle of spray tacky); got checked in; dropped Oz off at his Texas home away from home; and made a Fuzzy’s taco stop for snacks. We got packed up to go practice some throws; got harassed at the Falls Fest gate; and finally made our way to the field. After spending a little more time there than planned, we headed over to Opa’s to for pre-event Schnitzel.

We had Strudel too but we ate it too fast to snap a picture. Heh.

I woke up Saturday morning, peeked outside, and saw…puddles. Lots and lots of puddles. It was very 300, “Then we shall throw in the rain.”

I’ll write about the Highlander in more detail a little later, but suffice it to say, it was a soaking good time. Here’s a preview pic of us ladies shot just as we were finishing up

We wrapped up the weekend at breakfast with Dr. Ghanbarri (had to deliver his cheese prizes) and then lunch with the hockey kid…

Overall, the plan was hit and miss which is exactly how life goes. The weekend was a complete success and I’m very thankful to Bigg for all his help in making it happen. Now it’s time to peel our wet clothes out of the suitcases, figure out how to de-mud kilts, and get back to real life.

Stay tuned for more on the Highlander…

About tosabarbell

For training opportunities at tosabarbell, call or text Juli at 320-296-9313. e-mail to At tosabarbell, I build relationships cultivated in a strength and learning environment. There is no 12 week magic pill program to strength but rather a lifetime commitment to be the very best and most useful human you can be. tosabarbell is a private, home grown gym with three lifting platforms; squat rack; prowlers; throwing implements; bars, bumpers and everything else needed for an effective strength and conditioning program. Straightforward barbell programming including the Olympic lifts; sound (read: not fancy bullshit) diet advance for weight gain or loss; and strong coaching will ensure you will meet your goals such as becoming stronger, more explosive, and better conditioned. I have been coaching teams and athletes for over 30 years. I grew up participating in various sports at various levels but was always drawn to those that require strength training. I have multiple local, national, and world records in the sports of Weightlifting and Highland Games Heavy Events as well as a combined total of 5 World Championships. My 5 years of training and coaching under Mark Rippetoe provided a wide range of influence from some of the top strength & conditioning and throwing coaches in the country. I will strongly encourage tosabarbell athletes to compete (and prepare you to do so.) However, tosabarbell is also for those who wish to be stronger and go through life feeling better. Matt WanAt is a retired Professional Strongman who competed frequently with Strongman Champions League in Europe. He played a year of D1 football with Iowa before concentrating on his Chemical Engineering degree in Iowa City. He is a native of Wauwatosa and still remains a staunch supporter of Tosa East. This blog will be a mixture of strength notes, coaching and nutrition tips, personal shit; bacon delicacies, and a whole lot of fun.
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