Gawds, people are annoying these days.

So, okay, when some swimmers breathe during the Butterfly, they’ll turn their head to the side instead of straight up. See the above picture? One breath is happening to the side, the other straight up. I imagine it’s a personal preference, dunno. I was a side breather but I swam the ‘fly’ as well as I throw the hammers. Yes, most folks who know me immediately understood what that meant. Hashtagthehammerstruggleisreal.

The picture has been circulating in terms of the sweet little rivalry between Michael Phelps and South Africa’s Chad le Clos. Some glib little bullshit meme that winners keep an eye on winning and losers keep an eye on winners. Okay. Hahahhaaaa. Oh man, you so funny.

First off, the shit talk went both ways. Phelps delivered. This time. Well done and I for one gave an ‘atta boy’ when he did it. Yes, I do believe he is the greatest Olympian of our time. Perhaps of all time but I just don’t know enough Olympic history to know. I’ll leave that up to the experts. I DO know that the body language of Mama Phelps is such that she’s a bit unhappy that Fiance Phelps and Baby Phelps is stealing some of her limelight. I mean really, a whole five days has gone by and Mama hasn’t been interviewed yet. It has to be weird.


In typical fashion, this picture isn’t getting as much press. Ya know, the one where le Clos waited for Phelps to bask in his glory for  however long he needed and then gave his own ‘atta boy.’ I don’t care who you are, if you can’t acknowledge the class of a loser (no, second place is not first loser-that’s one of the most moronic phrases I’ve ever heard. But this guy didn’t get on the podium and as a World Champion of the event, that’s gotta sting) then you don’t understand sports. I bet you appreciate Bob Costas too, yes?

This man looked Phelps in the eyes and said, “Good job.” He didn’t even medal in an event where he was co-favored. Anyone using the first picture to act like a spastic T-ball player who keeps missing the ball but gets on base anyway is a moron and I’ve immediately lost any respect I may have had for you some day. Grow the fuck up people. Being a bully online is no different than being a bully in person and believe me, I have had my lifetime’s share of bullies thankuverymuchfokoff.

Letting go helps us to live in a more peaceful state of mind and helps us restore our balance. It allows to be responsible for themselves and for us to take our hands off situations that do not belong to us. This frees us from unnecessary stress.

Melody Beattie

Maybe the happy ending is just moving on.

About tosabarbell

For training opportunities at tosabarbell, call or text Juli at 320-296-9313. e-mail to jep6095@gmail.com 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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