There IS life after an epidural: 540 lb deadlift today
Old Folks (and old folk hopetobes),
Back in May 2010, I posted this http://startingstrength.com/resource...ad.php?t=22430
I was 53, and just gotten my first of three epidurals for a lumbar disc extrusion which took out my right leg and foot, enough pain that I was okay with dying......
MRI results at the time
1. Multilevel facet arthropathy. Degenerative disk disease at all
lumbar levels and in the lower thoracic spine.
2. Moderate narrowing of the neural foramina at L1-2, L2-3, and L3-4.
3. Moderate spinal stenosis at L3-4 and L4-5.
4. Right paracentral nuclear extrusion/herniation at L4-5, possibly
compressing the right L5 nerve root.
5. Moderate to severe narrowing of the neural foramina at L4-5 and
Anyway, got the other two injections. Used a cane off and on through to the Winter of 2010 and Spring 2011. But I kept training.
About an hour ago I hit a deadlift single at 540 lbs, no belt, no suit. (Belt hurts my back when I DL: I have a spondylo-listhesis (retro) of L4 on L5 which my pain doc and I think may have been caused by the belt?)
Last three weeks of DL training went like this
3 weeks ago: 515 x 2 then 380 x 3 x 3 speed sets
2 weeks ago: 527.5 x 1 then 380 x 3 x 3 speed sets
today: 540 x 1 then 335 x 3 x 3 speed sets
Anyway, I'm 54 now (recently on another thread I posted that I am 55.....senile dementia and all that). 5'8", 205 lbs (yeah, I'm no longer a 181 or 198).
Why am I posting? Well, primarily to brag, I mean come on. But also to let all you gray haired cripples know that you probably don't have any idea what you are capable of so find something that you can push the hell out of and keep on pushing the hell out of it. Seriously. I know so many powerlifters from my day who stopped EVERYTHING at the first documented boo boo. They are rather much slugs now. So you can't do everything: become great at something! Why the hell not? I can't bench for crap after two shoulder surgeries, so I don't bench for crap. Somehow I go on.
Anyway, for you who are new to lifting, become great at something, be your own hero. For you who are coming back (maybe for the zillionth time), we are a tough bunch ain't we?
Okay, the endorphin, the adrenalin and all my other lins are leaving me so I'll stop the preach.
Well done on your big pull!
Mighty decent of you, thanks.
Excellent work! Old guys rule!
Great job! Thanks for the inspiration.
I like this:
Originally Posted by emskee
Nice, Emskee, well done and spot on.
You guys are alright.
That is a hell of a lot of weight!
Bet it made a nice big bang when it hit the ground.
This is really cool. I hope to be still moving big weights when I'm old and senile!
Haha good job man.