Prep area with my lifting partners

158 kg: Work To Do

Last weekend, I had the chance to compete in my first Olympic lifting competition, the Broad Ripple Fit Club Barbell Lift Off on Saturday, February 13. My goal is to qualify for the National and American Masters events in 2017 when I’ll compete in the 45-49 age class in the 77 kg weight class, so I’m…

Snatch 71 kg catch

The Mock Meet, My First Competition

The Mock Meet When I first started Olympic lifting, I was adamant that I wouldn’t ever compete. I wasn’t interested in pushing myself. I wanted to get in shape, learn the movements, and have a good time. What I really wanted to avoid was anything competitive. I put that part of my life behind me, the competitive, win-at-all-cost…

Brad at Berkeley

My Drunken Email to Michael Lewis: A Graduate School Story

Tonight, an object lesson for students in the age of social media. (Actually, I’m surprised this story has remained ‘off blog’ for so long since my friends are ever-so-happy to hear it told.) In 1999, I worked as a teaching assistant for Michael Lewis while a graduate student at the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate…