- March 11th, 2015
Thank you All Emotions always run high after contests like Arnold or the National Championships. All these athletes who trained for so long just for the opportunity to get to this contest and leaving everything they have out there. Watching the excitement of the competitors who make it to-day 2, the heart-break of coming up just short, the disappointment of a single mistake taking the fleeting chance away. I have been there for all of those, and I can relate to emotions that they all went through. As always before I get to the show recap there are some things I need to say. I never feel I show how appreciative I really am for everyone who is there for me. I hope I am wrong, but this is something I just feel like I fail at.
The amount of support, the messages I received, the amount of people telling me they were behind me or they believe in me is always overwhelming. I am so blessed for all of you. There is no way I could have done this without all of you. I hope you all know how much you all mean to me. I wouldn’t feel right if I don’t single a few people out who I probably don’t tell this stuff enough.
I don’t think there is any question I need to start with my #1 fan, that would be my sister Shawn (who has brought on Jon and Taylor for the ride as well). Thank you for believing in me, fighting for me, defending me from any haters. Thank you for making me feel this is all worth it when it gets hard to believe that. Thank you for always being there, I can’t thank you enough for that. Your excitement is contagious and if it wasn’t for you no one would know what goes on at these shows and I know all those people are equally as thankful for you. My Mom, Dad, and Step Dad. Even though my mom thinks I am going to die every time I lift something that weighs over 25 lbs she is still there to support me every chance she can. I love that you all still come to my sporting events after all these years. It is a bit more than that. Thank you for always believing in me, never giving up on me, no matter how many times I had to start over before I figured out who I was and what I wanted to do. Without all of you this would have never happened because I wouldn’t have even been able to get started. I know I wasn’t the perfect son (though thank god I have evolved into the perfect one) and probably never deserved all the chances I have been given but I sure am very grateful you gave me those chances. My Partner in Crime. Big Trev and Regina. I am glad friendship doesn’t cost anything because there is no way I could afford you guys. You guys are always there. In 35 years I can count on one hand how many people I can truly call friends that I can trust 100% of the time, and know would be there for me in any situation. You guys have 2 of those slots. Tracy. Success in this sport is all about numbers. But the number that counts is not what place you come in. It is the amount of people who you positively influence, inspire, and motivate. This makes you the world champion. I have never met anyone who has a more positive effect on everyone they encounter than you do. This is so easy to see for everyone. What people don’t see is how much fire and fight you have as a competitor. I am so proud of you for how well you did. You are not even close to reaching your potential and that stage and that title is going to be yours many times over. Thank you for letting me be me and not the man you probably wish I was a lot of the time. I love you and this journey was so much better with you on my side. Kim, Rachel, and Andrew. My newest members of the untouchable squad. People ask me where I get my motivation from, and I always answer honestly. I train my motivation. As a crew this was our most successful year, and as far as new members go you three have had the best rookie seasons I have ever seen. National Records, Contest wins, etc. I don’t think even you three know this, so I may as well just put it out there. What you three have accomplished at your respective ages, is not even possible. Trust me I ran some tests, its science, and no one can explain it. And you have made it look like childs play. I am excited to be on your side as all three of you make your way to the top.
To all my clients, everyone who has followed me, shown support, and been on the side of me or my team. Thank you all so much. What you all do does not go unnoticed, and I appreciate everything more than all of you will ever know.
that was the important part. Here is a quick recap of the little World Championships I completed in
Unlike most two-day contests, the World championships does not guarantee you will get to do the events on day 2. More events = Good for Quint. Not the case here. I had four events to make the second day and give me a chance. 1. Circus Dumbell-Not worried about this one, very good event for me that I won last year. 2. Deadlift Medley-Not worried here, I am good at picking heavy things up and I knew I would continue to do so. As I told everyone I would live and die by the two moving events 3. The farmer and 4. The yoke walk. Not my strengths. New Set up for 2015 had additional weight classes. This means fewer people qualify for each weight class, and you are damn sure everyone in your weight class is going to be the best of the best of the best. In my weight class alone we had competitors from Finland, Norway, England, Ukraine, Canada, USA and that is only the competitors I know off the top of my head.
Day 1: Circus dumbbell for Reps (150 lbs): I was going in with a goal of 8. They switched the DB we were using to a 12 inch globe. I have never used a dumbbell this large. I had a little trouble finding the balance which resulted in a final number of 6 (would have been seven but I missed one rep). Good enough for 2nd place good start and playing out as I expected. Yoke Walk for 120 feet with a turn 600 lbs: My Achilles heel. I worked hard to improve my yoke walk speed. It paid off. I destroyed everyone in my heat and ended up with a 6th place finish. My highest finish of all time in a big contest. Farmer walk (60 foot straight shot): This was supposed to be 260 lbs per hand. In warm ups, I knew something wasn’t right. But I took off at a decent pace and made it to about 15 feet to the finish when I dropped the handles. I quickly picked them up and finished. I was disappointed in myself and in my head I saw my day 2 vanishing. I was shocked to see that my time held up for a 5th place finish and I even gained a place in the standings. I would find out later that the reason things didn’t feel right in warm ups was the handles we used were powder coated (they were not supposed to be) which made them slippery but also weighed over 20lbs more than was announced. So almost everyone had at least one drop and most had several if they were even able to finish. Deadlift Medley: 500 lb barbell x 2, 500 lb Axle for time: My goal was 10 total. I also held my destiny in my hands. I hit the Barbell easy and managed 6 on the Axle for a total of 8. Little short of my goal, but still enough to finish the day in 3rd place.
Day 2: Max Log: This was my third time at the World Championships and every year I told everyone if I get on the log I would set a record. I kept my promise. 305 lb press New National and World Record. Oh it was also good enough for the event win. Power Stairs: Up to this point I did everything I was supposed to do. I went into the last event with a chance to win. I was sitting in second place and I would need to beat the guy in first and have one guy finish in between the two of us. While I put up a good time in the stairs I was no match for the rest of my group and finished in 4th place. Overall finishing 3rd in the world. Had so much fun and was happy with my performance overall. A video of my event is shown here: