Got on the scale this morning, a whopping 150. Right on target for the meet.
Yesterday, deadlifted, doubled 285 fairly well. Still hoping to squat and dead 2xBW and bench 250. Did a solid, paused bench of 235x2 last week, had more in the tank.
Well, today sucked.
It started off well. I got on the scale and weighed 148 on the dot. Right at the weight I want to be at for the competition in two weeks. Happily, I went off to the gym.
Then I got buried with sets of 100 kilos.
No shit, you say. Drop weight and you lose strength, DUH.
Wendler and Tate were right. Forget about making weight at your first meet. Since I'm at the weight I need to be now, I'm hoping I can add some more carbs and gain a little bit more strength back.
For my next competition, (Aug 7th) FUCK MAKING WEIGHT. I'll lift at 165 and risk being a wee bit pudgy.
Last Bench Day Before the Meet:
Actually went well. 245 went up like air, me weighing a mighty 150. I think I'll be good for 260, possibly 265 at the meet.
Also, did two sets of dips with 75 pounds strapped to my waist. They were full reps, acute angle to arms straight. Will go heavier in the future.
Last deadlift day before meet. Doubled 305 and it FELT HEAVY.
Man, dieting sucks. (this is the last time I'll say that.....)
Commandment 1# Don't over diet for a meet!
Still, a double at 305 dead at 148 is more than 2xBW, not good, but not bad, either. Just want to repeat it at the meet, then go back to adding muscle and weight. I might hit a single in the 320's or 30s if I can add some more carbs.
The meet was intense!
Despite several disappointments, the meet was tremendously satisfying. It was incredibly long, nerve-wrecking at times, a constant source of heart-thumping thrills, and a learning experience.
I arrived in Newark the night before. Big Gene Rychaleck himself weighed me in at 145 pounds! (I started January weighing 161…..) This was the first omen of things to come. I aimed for 148, figuring there would be less competition at that weight class. In fact, it turned out I was the only one at that weight class.
I weighed in, and commenced eating a big dinner. Honestly, I felt like shit. Dieting took a lot out of me, and I was feeling weak.
Saturday moring, as the meet began, I was feeling better, but still weak. I picked low numbers for the squat (I had no one else to compete against) and made them all.
They went like this:
250, 175, 285. All were good, well below parallel. Funny, first time using a monolift, and it helps A LOT. Lots of lifters told me I was going down more than I needed to (I always had 3 white lights!) but as I train alone I have no way of knowing what’s at parallel unless I go ATG.
So, things started off well. On to folly.
My bench opener, at 225, was laughably easy, but………
I didn’t follow commands! I paused it on my chest well, but I racked it without the signal! Two red lights! After years of benching in a gym, it’s funny how things that come natural, things you do without thinking, come automatically.
Since 225 felt light, and I had doubled 245 in training, I jumped to 245 on my next attempt.
It stalled the second time.
It stalled a third time.
I bombed out!
Powerlifting rule number 1#- ALWAYS hit a light opener first!
My deadlifting was anticlimatic. I hit all of my deads easily, but after the miss on my bench presses I wanted to make all sure I hit all my lifts and stayed light. I easily pulled 315 @ 145, probably could’ve hit 330 that day.
Was I bummed out? Yeah, for about 10 minutes.
It was fun. Lifters are VERY supportive. I learned all kinds of things I never would’ve known had I just kept my ass in the gym. Most importantly, now I have an incredible drive to come back and nail it at my next IPA meet in July. Had I just kept to a light opener on the bench, I would’ve made a bunch of Jersy records……
Final results: DID NOT FINISH @145 pounds
250, 275, 285
(225), (245), (245)
275, 300, 315
Great meet, had TONS of fun, glad I did it. Finally met some more lifters from Manhattan, looking forward to my next meet, July 24th in CT. I'll try and get some pics or vids up later.
Thanks. Despite bombing out, I still feel pretty damn good about it! I was terribly anxious about squatting, which, ironically enough, turned out to be a piece of cake.
I hooked up with a few lifters from Manhattan, who also couldn't find any powerlifting gyms in NY, hah.
Some BIG benches at the meet; one dude hit 850! (Equipped, of course...)
I'm going to start Korte's 3x3 program next week. Looking forward to growing into the 165 pound class.
It's a mistake I felt comfortable making at a first time meet. After years of benching on my own, not waiting for the "rack it" command was automatic......
From now on I'm going practice mental commands into my lifts at the gym, and, if all goes well, I'll nail higher numbers at my next meet in July.