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9/25/2008 1:20:08 PM - Derek
Big Mike,
I read your reply to Jon Bernor the other day...I hope you don't stop competing, you're not done yet. I met you a few times at the Ironhouse meets...(I live in Buffalo & used to train with Paul C.)...Try something different, look at your deadlift from the other day, anyone can train their deadlift well at pretty much any gym, hardcore or commercial, go in a push/pull & pull 800, sometimes as we age things change & it is harder to keep powerlifting in perspective, but don't stop competing. Remember, powerlifting will always give back more than it will take away.


Thanks for the encouragement, but I need to look at the long run. I'm not getting any younger, it's not like I'm going to set any records and I have a daughter who I'd like to be around with when I turn 65(if ya know what I'm saying). Now, I don't plan on quitting the heavy training but I could lose a few pounds and start up some kind of cardio program.

Here's something... the other day I was watching Mission Impossible 3 with my wife. Now, I'm not a big Tom Cruise fan but at the end of that movie he was running all over the place trying to rescue his movie wife. I thought, there's a guy who's my age or a bit older and in great shape, runnin' around like a maniac like I used to when I was kid. To tell ya the truth, I kinda miss that. I know, I know, I'll never ever get that in shape but man I'd love to be able to keep up with my daughter and any other rugrat(s) my wife and I are able to concieve here in the next few months. So, maybe it is time to hang up any thoughts of competing again and start training to live life for the long run.

Thanks Derek.

Mike Ruggiera

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