Here is how the meet went down for me…
Squat – First squat attempt was 220lbs, which I moved fine, but I made a beginners mistake and forgot to wait for the “Squat” command. This is a terrible way to start a meet. Luckily, I wasn’t shaken too much, I chose to go with 237lbs as a second attempt which was lower that my planned 242lbs. We each have 1 Minute to get our next attempt into the scoring table. If we fail to get our attempt in on time, the scoring table will simple assign you the next higher option... well, this is what happened to me for my third attempt. I wanted to go for 248lbs, but some how the scorer’s table didn’t get my next attempt on time. Aaron was running my numbers, and anyone who knows my husband knows he doesn’t fuck around. I have a feeling the scorers made the mistake.
~Here is my second attempt on the squat. That is Brad Madvig reminding me to wait for the commands.
Bench Press – My nemesis. Everything went as planned… 100lbs, 110lbs, and a meet pr of 115lbs. All the lifts went up great. I feel like I bench better in a meet than in the gym. I feel like this lift is going to improve a lot for me in the next few months.
Deadlift – I opened with 281lbs, which seamed like an appropriate choice. I was really hoping for a 319lb pull, but I was stuck with my second attempt, which was 308lb. My third attempt I lost tension and missed the lift. Three lift meets are exhausting, I lost mental perseverance. I need to work set-ups more.
Overall – I am content with how I did (not thrilled). My total was 667lbs (302.75 kilos), which is a pr of 42lbs. All my lifts were meet pr’s (not to be confused with gym pr’s), which is nothing to cry about. I placed 5th out of 9 lifters, solidly in the middle, which is better than I expected.
Here are some observations I made…
- I made a plan ahead of time; I planned out all my lifts and attempts in both pounds and kilos. I even planned out my warm-ups. Only mistake, I should have planned my warm-ups in kilos too.
- I know my biggest challenge is nerves. Shawn Friday gave me a book that has been enormously helpful regarding finding a calm state. I don’t like competing, but I know it is good for me and will make me a better trainer and coach.
- More confidence and better focus. I got red lighted on my first squat because I didn’t wait for the “squat” command. Then, I second-guessed my second attempt. I went with 237lbs instead of my planned 242lbs. In hindsight, I should have just stuck to my original plan.
- Find a balance between risk and contentment. Shawn Cain gave me great advice… my second attempt should be something I can live with if I miss my third. I applied that advice to the Deadlift. I am pretty disappointed I got stuck with 242lb squat. Just barely a meet pr. I have squatted 250lbs in the gym and was hoping for 253lbs in competition.
- I need to learn the kilo system better. I already know how to convert pounds to kilos; this needs to be second nature. Thank God for Matt Gary, he did all the converting for me during warm ups.
- My direct competition in the 123lb weight class, Katherine Clark of Seattle Washington totally kicked my ass, again. She placed second overall. We met up for the first time at Raw Nationals. It is good to have direct, stiff competition. Katherine is a very nice woman as well as an awesome lifter, I can’t cry too hard about losing to her.
- Competing with national level lifters is a HUGE! I am at the point where it will be the little things that make a big difference in my lifting. Watching what the more experienced lifters do is EXTREMELY helpful.
- Ellen Stein gave me some advice on breathing in the bench press. I used it for my 3rd attempt at 115lbs and the weight moved up easier that the 110lbs. She also showed me how to step back from the squat rack more efficiently. I can’t wait to start training these new techniques.