Designer & photographer. In my free time, masters 105+ weightlifter. 📍502
#TBT to nearly 13 years ago, getting sprayed with OC in the parking lot of CPPD as a new officer. Just out of CRLEO and still in FTO, I was allowed to bring a change of clothes before they sprayed me. At the time, I was told that there were typically two people to handle the OC, one was a Captain and the other a Sergeant. I remember being told that it would be easier on me if the Sergeant did it, because the Captain enjoyed it too much.
When that stuff hit, my face lit up and all the fluids wanted to come rushing out at once. I couldn't see and wanted to clamp my eyes shut, but the more air you allow in the better off you are, except you can't open your eyes. To make things worse, the Captain that sprayed me wanted to "test" pouring milk on my face. He initially said that he heard somewhere that something in milk would counter the effects of the OC. But later he said he really just wanted to see if would do anything or not.
After this, I changed back into uniform and tried to finish the rest of my shift, where my FTO offered to drive, thankfully. I later learned that newer officers were allowed to come in on their off day to get sprayed and could shower at the FD. Guess I should be thankful we didn't carry tasers at the time, or have to go through some type of obstacle course after being sprayed.
I am forever thankful of my time as a cop and not a day goes by that I am not somehow reminded of my time there.
If I had some fancy motivational quote I guess this is where I would put it. This current training cycle has been really good for me, mentally and physically. I feel able to push things while at the same time recovering like I need. Still managing to sneak in a few PRs here and there as well. Most days, however good or bad, I am still thankful for being able to do what I am doing.
This week wraps up a 4-week microcycle and I was more than happy with some unexpected PRs. I had a solid 5lb PR in the split jerk, a 10lb PR in the push press, and a 20lb PR on the deadlift. After a while, you get used to very small PRs and celebrate any and all that come. PRs like mine on the deadlift are so few and far between, though. I have been running a strength cycle for the past 4 weeks, mainly to take a break from weightlifting. I have felt like I was in meet prep mode for over a year and just needed a little break. The PRs have done wonders for me mentally. Guess it goes to show that Thanksgiving carb loading pays off.
Today ended up being such a great day for our team today at the Kentucky Open Weightlifting Championship. I see all of them work so hard day in and day out and seeing it pay off on the platform is second to none. Earlier, I got watch @0to60in6 qualify for Masters Nationals in just her second meet. Not only did she qualify, but she made it very clear that she is hella capable of lifting a ton more. She is just one of the most awesome people on the plant. Then our fellas took their turn and all ended up coming home with hardware. Not my best meet (3/6) but it was enough today. Shocked to take home 1st in the Masters 105+ (Thanks to @jham105 dropping a weight class!) and 3rd Masters sinclair overall. The @Kentuckiana_Barbell crew and I am honored to even be a part of it. None of this would be possible without our Jedi master, @Madisonk15 who some how can coach all of our unique personalities and do it with such ease and composure. She might be shorter than me but I will always look up to her. Tomorrow, I plan on eating so many macros that I will get to enter my initials into MyFitnessPal as the high score.
@BlackRifleCoffee the very best there is... when you absolutely positively gotta kill every &*%@ in the room, accept no subsitutes. Thanks @ajlayfield for the hook up. Customer for life now.
When you login to IG and find out that you actually won one of those contests where you tag your friends. Will be putting this to good use! Thank you @bearkomplex 🙌🏻
Not exactly the meet I was looking for, but I also learned a great deal from it. The first snatch felt very light, and the next 2 felt like picking a house off the floor. First CJ felt good, a little heavy, but good. Jumped from 130 to 136 and was called on lockout. We took 137 to get a little more rest but be jerk wasn't there. 15kg off the total I wanted and while I was disappointed because I know those numbers are there, it just leaves me with a desire to work harder. •
Coming into this meet, we changed up programming and moved to a much higher training volume than I have ever done before. After 4 weeks, it was pretty obvious I was doing good to keep my head above water. I felt sluggish and beat up. This meet was meant to be a tune up for October but I would be lying if I said I didn't want higher numbers. We all want higher numbers. This week I will adjust the programming up to allow for smarter work and more recovery. •
More important than my lifts, was getting to see two of our lifters compete, one for the very time on the platform. I got to play a small role in getting them warmed up and ready for their openers, which is an honor for me. Being given that level of trust from a lifter is something I do not take lightly. Seeing our group train, work hard, and compete is behind awesome. •
Finally, it was also great getting to meet some other lifters. Such as @jham105 who crushed this meet. Also nice to meet @djbkm (congrats on the medal and the PRs!) and @mikedude314 who came all the way from St. Louis.
Jason Morrison of @kentuckianabarbell with a 130kg clean and jerk #kyweightlifting#kysupertotal17@sword@vulcanstrengthtrainingsystems@fitaid@earthfedmuscle@nova3labs
I resisted the urge to caption this with lyrics from Lateralus. Saw this effect and figured that the only logical use for the photo that @monavee snapped of me with my camera was to turn it into something like this.
Today started off great. Shook out some nerves on my first snatch, and ended up with a PR. During this training cycle, I have managed 3 PRs on the snatch, a lift I had not really progressed in since 2014. Fast forward into the warmups for the CJ and I started to get lightheaded after hitting just 70%. In the end, the heat just proved to be too much for me. I got overheated and couldn't get cooled off. It felt like it sucked the energy right out of me. The PR in the snatch helped me out a great deal because I would not have to rely on my CJ to carry the total. I still needed to hit a big number for me to pull it off. But it just wasn't in the cards today. The numbers I missed were all numbers I have hit in training and numbers that I know I can hit. That heat index really took it out of me today and just couldnt bounce back.
Can't thank @madisonk15 enough for her guidance and patience, especially coaching and counting for 3 lifters and doing it all so flawlessly. And the @CFBluegrass family that came out to support all of us lifting. That makes such a huge difference.
For a while, I was upset about the results, but the more that I think about it, I really can't be. I am thankful to have the ability to train and compete in something that I love. I am thankful my back has held up and allowed me to once again push things. I am thankful to be making progress. On to the next one...
#TBT to when this little guy had white hair on his chest instead of grey hair on his face. Won't be long before he is 15 years old.
Was going through some old photos the other day and came across this shot I took at @HolidayInnFWB last year as a storm approached.