Author Archives: David Boffa

Of Iron and Bronze – 21

[for V] 21. Back to training. After the buildup to the competition—even just a local one, for which I wasn’t peaking—the week after was a return to normalcy, to the daily grind in the wake of releasing the pent-up anticipation. … Continue reading

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Of Iron and Bronze – 20

20.   from: ricky pugilio <rickyolympin@aol.com> to: Jonathan Scarpa <scarpj77@eden.rutgers.edu> date: Mon, Oct 25, 2004 at 5:12 AM subject: Champion! Jonathan, Great job at the Mets this weekend!!!!! You did an easy 270 total without any special preparation and were … Continue reading

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Of Iron and Bronze – 19

19. Just over an hour later the three of us—Pete, Libby, and me—were sitting in the warm, humid air of one of several sauna rooms at the CCCP Sauna & Spa. Each of us was sweating profusely: it ran down … Continue reading

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Of Iron and Bronze – 18

18. I woke up the next morning with the strangely disjointed feeling that accompanies sudden gaps in time and memory. I was aware of little more than a headache and a profound thirst. Slowly the pillow, the bedding, and then … Continue reading

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Of Iron and Bronze – 17

17. “When the hell’d you get here?” asked Ricky, reeling from this sudden appearance. He threw out one of his huge mitts and began shaking Myron’s hand vigorously—clearly elated at having him around for a competitor. “’Bout an hour ago,” … Continue reading

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