Ready or Not…


Well, ready or not Inverness, here we come. Folks have already started making their way and I imagine the Scotch and Pints are already flowing. I threw for the last time today, just some relaxed distance throws, and will squat this morning to get my bod loosened up for the big drive.

I’m a wee bit tired but mostly feel good. My hip tweak from a couple hours of awkward lawn work a few weeks ago is still there but better. My heel (planter fasciitis flare up a couple months ago) is actually feeling better and I’ll pack the estim to keep things loose. I’ve been downing gallons of water and kept the booze to a beer here or a dram of scotch there (just getting the body ready for MOAR SCOTCH!)

Truth be told, I wish I felt a bit better about it all. My distance throws, feeling so good in July have taken a right turn to WhatTheHell’sGoingOnVille. Something’s off and I can’t pin it down. I think it’s in my initial turn but hard to say. I’m about 5-8 feet off my solid throws and that annoys me. My stones are okay but that Open is inconsistent. My hammers are, well…hammers. Same goes for Caber and this will be my first time with the knock off bar WOB.

What I DO know is this: there is absolutely nothing else I could do to prepare for Scotland. I’ve pushed my training and my throwing. I’ve received great coaching which has helped tons.  I got in some incredibly helpful Caber practice this last week which is a gift. Now is the time to shut it all off and as Katie told me last year, just fuckin’ throw. Katie’s smart.

I also know that my hubby will be waiting for me in Amsterdam. He’s been raging in Dubai for 10 days and I’ll feel better when we’re together. I’ll really feel better if we’re able to stop and pop bottles for a bit in the Sky Lounge. Heh. We’ll roll into Inverness in time to get cleaned up, hopefully grab some food and head down to the Castle Tavern for the First Pint. Yeah! Thursday we’ll tour around, eat haggis, and check into our Apartment for the weekend. Registration is Thursday night and then it’s Games on!

And lastly, what I DO know that this is all a huge gift. If anyone were to ask me four years ago if I can picture myself jetting off to Scotland to compete in a Highland Games along 159 other people while being entertained by my wonderful husband I’d say, ‘Where are your drugs and give me some!’ But here I am almost ready to go (as expected, still haven’t started packing) and no matter what, it will be an amazing time.

A gift.

I decided to fly through the air and live in the sunlight and enjoy life as much as I could.

Evel Knievel

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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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