Drove to the site with thermals, sweats and heater blasting...weighed in at 241.2 lbs!
Warm up went good.
135 x 8
225 x 5
275 x 1
315 x 1
365 x 1 2 brd
495 x 1 Shirt 2 brd
525 x1 Shirt 1/2Ē from chest
- good 3 white lights
Lever belt unbuckled - right side of back really tight during lift
Judges fumbling with blocks under feet
2nd Attempt 573
- good 2 white lights (side judge said butt came up slightly)
Lever Belt unbuckled - right side of back tight again
Judges fumbling with blocks under feet again throwing off set up
3rd attempt 590
- miss - ran out of gas around 2-3 board range
Changed belts to a skinny bench belt, tried to tighten it up more than lever belt, but should of just left it with the lever belt unbuckled holding the shirt down and not changing it up.
Judges still fumbled the blocks
now left side back started to cramp
Awesome learning experience! This was exactly what i wanted, when you travel, cut weight, eat differently, etc. things will go wrong and this meet had some obstacles for me.
Trying to figure the belt i wanted to use, felt good with lever belt and not jacking the shirt, so i should of just stayed with that belt and tried to jack shirt a little bit.
Rushed the warm up, i changed benches in the warm up room and the different bar didnít have the rings so my 495 felt awkward with not being able to see my hand spacing correctly. have to remember that for next time.
Should of got up and reset when judges were adjusting blocks felt like i was arched to long and moving around while they adjusted block placement, could of reset and not had my back tighten up. Also weighed in same day and didnít get all my water back in so was probably a little dehydrated. Olympia i will weigh in the day before so i will be able to correct and water depletion.
Found out before the meet that there was a new rule change of adding a start command which i hadnít practiced for. and now we can bench on our toes (which i prefer because of arch) so i will be adding that in to change up my arch and angle of the stroke length.
My normal lift off guy Scott Hoekstra was up right before me so i used an old stand by Filiberto Toledano. First was fine but second didnít come out fast enough! Usually he is great but we havenít practiced in awhile.
Was really cool because this meet was smaller but there were some of the best benchers in the country showed up. David Douglas, Daniel Smith III, Scott Hoekstra, and Jimmy Kolb. J. Kolb is the All Time number 1 single ply lifter at 242 and opened up with 803 lbs! He did not get a lift in, he flew in from Ohio for a Scott Mendleson Meet that was cancelled, was cool to see him in person and boy is he built perfect to bench!
In no way do i want to sound like i am crying or putting up excuses, i would like it to be a learning meet for me and others, so people can see how many things can go wrong but in the end you canít have excuses, you need to perform on the platform and can only blame yourself if YOU miscalculate or allow something to not be perfect!
The judging was great and the people there were awesome! As always i had a great team of guys who were willing to help warm up, give me water, give me nose tork, hold my ipod and to tell me not to be a pussy! So that end of it was outstanding! Thanks guys.
Also your only as good as your training partners in this sport and i have some great ones. I ended up with 1st place and best lifter Single Ply! Scott Hoekstra hit a raw PR of 501 and first place in his masters class and the invincible Daniel Smith III took 1st and best lifter Raw! He is 68 years old benched 402 lbs Raw a couple months ago, today he was a little off and just missed 403 lbs to break his own record as he is the All time #1 Raw Bencher from 60-70 at 242 lbs. Retired USMC Master Gunnery Sgt. Smith who battles from ailments from Nam is a machine and sight to behold!
I am blessed to be around such great lifters and hardcore MEN!
Some goals met and many more to go after!
If you donít like it, get Stronger!