Parting Gifts

Enum Ranier goodbye

I woke up this past Monday morning exhausted, sore, dehydrated, a little melancholy that our time in Washington was up, and more than a little beer logged from one of the best beer garden’s I’ve ever been in. It was a cloudy, misty morning which also didn’t help with my mood. In other words, it was a rough morning.

We got to the airport pretty early due to Bigg’s flight to Cali after stopping for breakfast at a Classic airport diner where I attempted to stomach a couple eggs.  I grabbed a water at the gate and closed my eyes to rest with breaks here and there to walk around and try to work out the stiffness that was settling in.

As it turned out, Bigg’s delays meant that I got on the plane before he did so we texted one last bye bye and I shut down the phone like a good little air passenger, closed my eyes and went to sleep. Next thing I hear was an “Oh wow!” from the girl next to me and when I opened my eyes she was looking out my window and there it was, Mt. Ranier in all her Glory. Raising high above the clouds as if to say, “I’ll be here when you return.” It was a moment.

And comforting. I never know when we’ll get back to Washington but I know when we do my family; the sea air; the Muk ferry; Carm and Gabe hugs; Mt. Ranier; Penn Cove Mussels; and if I’m fortunate enough, throwing with an amazing group of folks at Enumclaw will be there.

And probably the beer gardens. Oy.

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.

Albert Einstein

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For training opportunities at tosabarbell, call or text Juli at 320-296-9313. 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. Juli has been coaching teams and athletes for over 20 years. She grew up participating in various sports at various levels but was always drawn to those that require strength training. She is a 2-time Master's Amercian Weightlifting Champion and holds six Master's American records. She is a Master's Weightlifting National Champion and holds three National records. She is a Master's Weightlifting World Championships Silver Medalist in 2016. Juli is also a Masters Highland Games World Champion and holds three World Records in the Braemar Stone; Heavy Weight for Distance, and Light Weight for Distance in the 45-49 class. Her 5 years of training and coaching under Mark Rippetoe has honed her coaching skills to be a top choice for you to reach your strength and conditioning goals. Juli will strongly encourage tosabarbell athletes to compete (and prepare you to do so.) However; tosabarbell is also for those who just 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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