Competed in Finland at the Strongman Champions League @official.scl Finnish Open this past weekend. @tycott was also invited to compete, which was really cool, because we’ve been training and competing together since day one of starting this sport.
This was the highest level I’ve competed at in Strongman and also my first time competing internationally.
The promoter @jopekivela was very nice and very accommodating, and made us all feel welcome. Ilkka @sclkinnunen and @official.scl run a great Strongman organization and do an awesome job of taking care of their athletes! The contest was run very well, and very fast paced with 6 events in 5 hours. It was televised, so there were TV crews but also a ton of spectators, who really got into it and made the experience even cooler.
Leading up to the contest I felt that I had done everything I could have with diet, training, recovery, etc. Tyler and I were two of the lighter and smaller competitors there, even at 285 lb each! I ended up taking 9th place out of 12 competitors, with @tycott taking 7th. Normally I would be disappointed with that placing but I am actually pretty happy with how things went. I have a lot of improvements to make and I still need to be bigger (300lb+), faster and stronger. But it felt good to be able to hang with the big boys in this contest.
I want to thank @hangryhangrymitcho and @fullcirclestrengthsystems for supporting us with the raffle, you and your gym and gym members are awesome!
And also thanks to everyone at Nik’s Performance and @iron_warrior_strongman who trained with me and helped me prep for this.
And thanks @wwessels1 and @unitedstatesstrongman for this opportunity. This is by far the coolest thing I’ve been able to do through Strongman, and I can’t wait to see what opportunities come next!
And of course my biggest thanks goes to my awesome wife @lilmelliemel. She’s always supported me in whatever I want to pursue, keeps me on track with my diet and training week to week, planned out all of the details for this trip and was there cheering me on and supporting me all weekend. Love you Mel!
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