I haven't scanned your thread in a while. You are leaning out very nicely. On that elbow... I thought I had a tendonitis in my right elbow some years back. I trained around it for a fucking year. It bothered me on any presses, but mostly on direct tricep work. I could only do pushdowns with my hand position just right. What I had was a bone spur that had grown into the tricep tendon. Simple surgery cleared it right up, completely.
Like M&B said, bone spurs will show on an x-ray. For tendonitis the one thing that has always helped me is voodoo floss and Voltaren. Floss is maybe $20 and you just wrap the joint, get some blood in there (high reps with a light band) and that's it.
Trevor Bachmayer and Donny Thompson have good suggestions on Youtube to help get rid of this sort of stuff.
So, it's been a little bit since I updated this...life got hectic in the couple of weeks prior to my last (first of two) shows
It's still hectic but I'm feeling burnt out at work today so I will take a few minutes to upload a few pictures and try to recall the key events
For whatever reason I hovered in the 223-225 range for the final ("peak") week going into the show, so weigh-ins were challenging. We opted to weigh in as early as possible (around 3:30) to give me a couple-of-hour buffer in case I was still heavy. I wasn't, but that meant cutting water the night before (thursday) at 7pm which most will recognize is suboptimal for a saturday morning pre-judging.
No food and 1.5hrs cardio friday got me down to 219 which is 1lbs under the 220 cap for my height (6' 1/2" on their measuring stick). I ate a bunch of oats, rehydrated a little (roughly 3L of fluid) until 8pm then took a half dyazide, cut water and tried (unsuccessfully) to sleep...cut my posing music and put on a USB stick.
The next morning I took another half dyazide, ate some eggs, oats and protein powder and headed to the venue, ate the rice out of a chicken and rice meal and got my spray tan touched up. We took the stage around 10am, if I had to guess. They broke our 9 person class into two uneven callouts, the top 3 and then the bottom 6. First they judged us (top 3) and I was in second place with 4 votes to 1. They kicked us off to the side of the stage, judged the second call out then brought us back out. Here I must have fucked something up, because I lost two votes and ended up in third place.
I wasn't overly upset about losing to the first place guy, who took the overall by a wide margin since I've been up against him at nationals before...he flew in from Ontario for some reason, which was obviously a bit of a dick move for a regional show, but that's not my problem. For me, the disappointment stemmed from first having, then losing second place, which I thought was solidly mine based on shape, conditioning and even posing.
I have no one to blame but myself, I'm certainly not questioning that the judges saw what they saw and scored accordingly. I'll do better in 1.5 weeks at the national pro qualifier that I just finished registering for a few minutes ago.
Here are a few pictures from the athlete's meeting the night before and the day of the show...
In that last pic, I am assuming the middle guy won and the guy on the left placed above you? I agree with the middle guy but I don't understand the guy on the left beating you. Maybe your poses were really off? Just looking at the picture I think you have him beat in size/conditioning/symmetry. But I am just a powerlifter so what do I know, I am just going by what I see. Either way, congratulations on all the hard work and third place is something to be proud of. Keep up the hard work and go prove them wrong at the next show.