Recently it had come full circle for me as a strongman. I was honored by being asked to perform with the man that showed me the road of the strongman, to honor the man who taught me how to be a strongman. Let me take a couple steps back in case you are new to my blog and give you a brief history of how I came to be a strongman. Even though I claim I started training in it January of 2012 for strongmanism like the Iron Tamer David Whitley said…every decision I made throughout life led me to where I am now. Can’t really argue with that but the path wasn’t clear to me until the Association of Oldtime Barbell and Strongman dinner.
4 Years ago I walked into the AOBS dinner as a new fan that had no idea what I was in for as a guest. I met Slim and knew he was someone to be respected but I didn’t really know who he was or the things he had done. I learned about his epicness after I met him.
Slim gave me some wisdom. He said, and I remember it clear as day…just like you remember anything that’s life changing.
“Son, within you is a power equal to every single person in this room, even me.”
As I left the dinner, after watching Sonny Barry bend steel with his nose and watching Mike Bruce get steel bent across his throat, I was floored by everything I saw. Dennis Rogers bends a wrench and gives it to me as a “pen holder”.
Dave says to me…”What’d you think?”
I think I need to get stronger…and I buy a bunch of DVD’s…but what I really needed was a coach.