MDLP: Event Day 9/9/18

Two weeks off treated my body well  going into event Sunday but unfortunately I don’t think it had the same affect on my immunities. As luck would have it, as my sciatica settled I would get a nice and nasty cold. One of the things I try to avoid the most during comp prep is getting sick, even the slightest. I always compare it to driving a reliable Honda Accord all year round during your off season but once it’s comp prep you become a fine tuned Ferrari. As different as the price tag is for these cars, what really sets them apart his how fine tuned and how vastly different they are on their level of durability. Never fails, I am currently a thick Ferrari who just got filled up with good ole regular unleaded gas and is having a minor hiccup in the engine . Funny isn’t it? During our strongest time of our lives or season, and any small bump in the road seems to be magnified. Nothing I have never dealt with before and definitely not any thing to get me down, regardless, it is something to consider as my intensity starts to increase.

Sunday was the worst of it, and although every ounce of my body screamed at me to stay home, there was major work to be done. With so many limited training days left due to travel, I really do not have the luxury of taking a single event day off. That does not mean I did not take my bodies current situation into consideration. Something I have learned over the years is that training while sick is always a gamble. Sometimes you absolutely smash it and other times you dance too long with the devil and you end up crashing really hard after training, or worse, you get even more sick. I took this day as a way of polishing off 2 weeks of no events and testing my backs ability to do a decent log press and yoke back to back. I stayed within my lanes with a 285 log and a 600 pound yoke. Both light numbers for there given events but not so light It did not bring perspective. The log is merely a matter of rust but the yoke will be a series of Tetris style problem solving going forward as we creep closer to 850 pounds with a sassy spine and knee. Enjoying every day of this prep and forever grateful to be forging my skill set for the sport I love so dearly.

Work Load:

  • Log press: work up to a heavy double, number pre set at 285 but hit 225,255,265,275 during build up
  • Yoke: 3 x 50ft at 600ft
  • Stir the Pot 1×50/50

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Michael “MDLP” De La Pava is currently a competitive Strongman and owner of The Battle Axe Gym. Born in Miami, Florida into a Colombian household, Michael finished his schooling by attending Penn State University where he graduated with a Degree in Psychology. Having his roots in martial arts, he would go on to compete in various sports as a Muay Thai fighter, Powerlifter, and rugby player before committing himself fully to Strongman. During this time, he opened Miami’s first Strongman gym, The Battle Axe, where he currently coaches athletes from various disciplines including powerlifting, MMA fighters, Strongman, officers of multiple authorities and enlisted and active military operators. Competing in Strongman for over 6 years has given Michael the opportunity to rank as high as 15th in the nation (105kg), won Florida’s Strongest man (1st in 2014 and 2nd in 2015 in the 105kg class), lift and load a 420 pound Atlas stone, log press 335, pull 700, and most importantly, share the competitive battlefield with some of the best in the game. During this journey, Michael suffered what some would consider a potentially career-ending spine injury. It was at this time that Brian and Michael would begin working together to not only rehab his spine, allowing him to return to Strongman but also develop a new Strongman training program revolving around the 10/20 philosophy. Strongman and coaching have given Michael the opportunity to travel around the nation and the world to train, coach and be coached, as well as share ideas with various leaders in the strength community. Michael’s experience and network in strongman brings a welcome connection with the ever-growing sport of Strongman to the 10/20 team and PRS family.

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