2016 has been a productive strongman season returning back to the sport. In June I took third place in the Open SHWW with United States Strongman. In September I won the HWW America's Strongest Master with Strongman Corporation. I would like to continue to make improvements and push my performance considerably for next year.

As of right now, I have no competition plans until next year. I am not sure what they will be but am using this down time to address some weaknesses, particularly 12" log and circus DB. Grip training will return as well.

Let's be honest here, I am completely in dust mode. Each week starts with Sunday's hopes of getting things together and grinding out work and getting back on my nutritional and lifting plan. Then Monday comes and life hits me in the face and any structure goes out the door.

I am walking consistently and enjoying the chaos of life without being bound to a training program and sneaking out to hit the gym when I can. Maybe it's getting older, maybe it's the status of life, maybe it's burn out. Or all of those things. My struggle is to bring myself back to finding the pleasure and joy of the feeling of hard work and grinding.

My weekends are still consumed with football and last week missed event training due to travel to the 5A state quarterfinals, which went super well. It is time to revive my "Passing The Baton" series. This season has been such a roller coaster for The Boy and so much has changed since my last installment. I'm proud of him and he continues to work hard and make gains. Crazy Mom is always his #1 fan.

In other news, this year my classroom is in a portable and it's right by the entrance to the weight room in another building. I am fortunate enough to have the pleasure each and every day to hear weights crashing, music blaring and the smell of hard work billowing out of the weight room. There's nothing like that and I truly love staying connected that way at least. Each time I open my door or walk by, my heart skips a beat and a smile cracks through to my lips. Life is good.