First competition ever in the books!
I weighed in at 181, and competed in the under 200 Open division.
Event 1: Log Clean & press (max)
I ended up opening with 190#. In training, I was repping 185 with the axle, and hit well above 2 with clean & pressing barbells & neutrals, so 190 sounded good. nope.
I cleaned it easily, but once it racked across my shoulders I just could not get myself to produce leg drive. I did a small dip but it just didn’t propel the bar & ended up trying to quasi press it. I tried a coulple of times but just couldn’t press it beyond 90 degrees. Dropped it and zeroed.
What i learned The log had large diameter, 12.5-13" I think. All the guys were a bit disappointed in their performance as everyone was saying they were hitting way higher reps in training. So what I’ll carry over to the next comp is
open with a weight I can strict press, that way I get on the board despite what sort of implement is used.
Learn the split Jerk! If i can get my technique solid, I think I can get some much higher numbers.
Event 2: Keg toss series, 8 kegs to 14-15’ in 60 seconds
Score: 2 kegs
So I think the rock trowing really paid off. If nothing else, it taught me to follow through with my body and eyes. The kegs were filled with sand, and flew much different than the rocks though. I missed the first keg by a hair, retrieved it, and blasted through 2 (30#). I got hung up on the third & lost my rythem. Tossed it a bunch of times both from the handles and on the side but just didn’t quite clear.
What I learned
I need to work on really achieving that full extension. I wasted way too much energy during the “pre-toss” where I swung it up to chest height, then back between the legs, then all the way. I didn’t do this with the rocks, and won’t do it again.
Event 3: 50’ harness, 50’ push, run to start, 50’ hand-over-hand with F350
It took me a moment to get going, but I got low and moved pretty damn quickly actually with the harness. Lost a lot of time in the push though, it literally took about twice as long. Don’t think i got low enough and I should have taken choppier strides. The arm-over-arm was cake (relatively) and I did it quickly. Was gassed for like 10 minutes after this.
What I learned I need to get better at pushing things!
Event 4: 525# deadlift from mats for reps in 60 seconds
I strapped in, & pulled as hard as I could. On the third try I bent the bar a bit and saw a lot of stars, but that was as far as that went lol.
What I learned I need to pull more!
**Event 5: Altas stone series 60" -175 / 56"-210 / 52"-240 / 48"-305 (for reps)
Score: hit the 240 (but was only 1/3 to break the ground with the 305)
I thought the 3rd stone was 275, I’ll edit in my log. But we went around a square & dumped the stone over a bar. The thing was NOT made well enough for what it was going to go through though haha. the 240 was fairly tough but I managed to get it up there. The 305 was something though. I actually got it to the knees twice, and ALMOST lapped it the first time. 2 other guys (who finished 1 & 2) got 2 reps with it, but besides them I take solace in the fact that I was the only other person to break it off the floor.
What I learned You can never have too much tacky! Next time I’m also going shirtless, the shirt was not my friend in this one. I do need to work on pulling though in a manner that my lower back isn’t thrashed afterwards.
I had a wonderful time. The camaraderie was top notch. Everyone was letting people borrow their equipment, offering tips (to those in their own class!), and there was no shortage of encouragement.
As far as the show. I enjoyed it but a lot of competitors got VERY frustrated by how long things were taking & how it was organized. It took 2 1/2 hours from between events 2 and 3. We began around 10am, and were competing until about 5pm. On the keg toss the bar fell down & they made the dude (who was close to finished) start over at keg number one. He seemed understandably irritated. Lots of people left before it was over. I would still like to compete in this one again though. The expo was cool, and I really want to come back filled out with muscle and kick some ass next year!
I’m happy I did this. I learned so much that I never thought about while training, and now have a really good budget plan so-to-speak regarding how I need to be spending my training dollars. Why on Earth did I ever fret over my back squat numbers? haha.
I’d strongly recommend competing to anyone who’s interested in the sport. And I have every intention of doing one again in the near future!
Lastly a huge thank you to all those who’ve offered guidance, advice, and support. It’s greatly appreciated and I’ll do my best to pay it forward.