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Ben_FIcon...25-08-2011 @ 10:05 
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Thank you Mike, worth waiting for. would have liked a little more detail on your event win though. Wink
JCIcon...25-08-2011 @ 10:09 
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Strong performance Mike, axle especially

Big cahoonas to do that comp mate, very grip heavy, which obvioulsy is not your best attribute (yet)....well done mate
mikehowarthIcon...25-08-2011 @ 15:06 
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ursus said:Lovely write up great performance and an excellent FTOH win ....brilliant Mike


Thanks alot big man!

It was a pleasure to watch bish do so well too!
mikehowarthIcon...25-08-2011 @ 15:07 
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ITRG said:nice write up mike and brilliant performance


Thanks alot for popping in and taking the time to read my write up Ian!

Very happy!
mikehowarthIcon...25-08-2011 @ 15:34 
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Ben_F said:Thank you Mike, worth waiting for. would have liked a little more detail on your event win though. Wink


I'm glad Ben! Thanks!

I will give you what you want!

I watched woods warm up for the arm over arm and how he did so... Then made sure I was ready. Me and plonker did sone axle dead with 100kg too and while I approached the axle I felt it's thickness and immediately was excited

Like woods said it was a scaffold!!!

I can flim flam a scaffold easier than a thicker axle for obvious reasons so now knew I could put 140kg up on this without too much effort whereas other guys would attempt and fail to press

We all lined up, I had done 20 presses with an Olympic bar and generally was warmed up enough for the 100kg start weight and would take the incremiments as sets towards my top weight as we would have maybe a couple of miutes between attempts at the start of the event. Andy goswell was first followed by me, and we were set to lead this event so had no problem in going out first... We knew what to do and before every attempt I got goswell ready with chalk, salts, some reassurance and encouragement. The boy done good and took second place for muchos points and gave the 145kg axle a good stab but it folded him over during the overhead phase, not to worry as his effort was impressive!

During the event as the lifts went up my attempts were very much a formality it would appear as guys began to fail at 120kg then again at 130kg whereas I think I made mine look easy. I'm not going to say they were easy, they may have looked good and strong but I had my place in the comp to justify and to some this was mine time to show some determination and ability.

I was happy to do this.

During mine lifts I power cleaned the axle and raised my right arm (open palm on the axle) to rest the axle on after I had finished my pull. Then I kicked the bar up to allow mine right arm to be placed underneath again. After this I power jerked.

As other guys started to fail i began to realise just how much of a strong point and demonstration of strength I had been gifted with due to my previous training and out of respect for that I wanted to do all that I could, I will try and find sone videos or photos of the axle press I did but I'm very happy that I switched it on when I needed to and as soon as I knew I had lifted more than anybody else could I let the inward aggression out in celebration!!!

Event win, an exciting and impressive display which everybody enjoyed including Terry, the mc and the cheering audience and a comfortable effort, I had earned my place in the game and helped put on a thrilling show.

I had no idea that this was only the start of a very successful and emotional day!!!

The highlights if my day were the axle overhead and audiences response to my lifts and the fingals finger. After that fingals finger I know consider myself a strongman
BigMaccaIcon...25-08-2011 @ 15:35 
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I really enjoyed that write up Mike, thank you for taking the time to share all that with us Happy

Once again, excellent performance mate and congratulations on the big axle you put overhead Cool
JoniIcon...25-08-2011 @ 15:37 
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i have never seen you as pumped up as after that 145 and the event win, it was like The New Mike Grin

awesome!
mikehowarthIcon...25-08-2011 @ 15:42 
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JC said:Strong performance Mike, axle especially

Big cahoonas to do that comp mate, very grip heavy, which obvioulsy is not your best attribute (yet)....well done mate


Thanks alot Jc!

I can't wait until I get into the swing of things with strongman, the idea of having the grip that any respectful strongman should have makes me very excited!!!

I love to move well with farmers as you know and am making little tiny progressive steps all the time

My strong points will always be a safe haven though, when my deadlift confidence increases and grip strength does no doubt I will throw up 170kg axles... But to be competent across the board is my main focus

I'm a strongman now Grin
mikehowarthIcon...25-08-2011 @ 15:44 
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BigMacca said:I really enjoyed that write up Mike, thank you for taking the time to share all that with us Happy

Once again, excellent performance mate and congratulations on the big axle you put overhead Cool


Thanks maccaman!

I'm chuffed you read and enjoyed it!!!
PeteHodgsonIcon...25-08-2011 @ 15:47 
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Lovely write up. Hope the overhead is on vid somewhere. I loved the loading and fingals performance, as I said elsewhere.
mikehowarthIcon...25-08-2011 @ 15:47 
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Joni said:i have never seen you as pumped up as after that 145 and the event win, it was like The New Mike Grin

awesome!


My chickens had hatched, I was a very happy bunny and with my effort came success

That is always a good feeling and I can understand why the top 105s love it so much, winning is fun!
plonkerIcon...25-08-2011 @ 15:50 
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you owned that event mate... nice work mate...
mikehowarthIcon...25-08-2011 @ 15:51 
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PeteHodgson said:Lovely write up. Hope the overhead is on vid somewhere. I loved the loading and fingals performance, as I said elsewhere.


I have a better view (although shaky) of the finger as some guy got in the way on the clip I saw

I have a side view if the axles too and many photos off some awesome fan

To be honest I am happy for any videos and piccies as Emma gave up alot to try her best so anything I have is better than nothing

Besides the finger is better than my axle Wink
mikehowarthIcon...25-08-2011 @ 15:53 
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plonker said:you owned that event mate... nice work mate...


I'm glad you liked it, I know I did

You still have insane ability that must be in your cider bottle!

Tyre flipping beast!!!
BenMacIcon...25-08-2011 @ 16:00 
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Excellent write up and really ballsy effort throughout the day it seems mate, event win at UKs is superb stuff.

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