I had a terrible meet this saturday. My squat suit ripped during warmups and so i had to lift raw + wraps. I made my opener and dropped my next two attempts, but went 3 for 3 with a 35 lb PR so that part isnt’ too bad.
What is bad is after the 3rd attempt, the vision out of my left eye became cloudy like looking through frosted glass. Only about half of the field was effected like this. My eyes were bloodshot, but bloodshot has happened before when straining to lift. I think i held my breath too much … I was very nervous because it was a home crowd. I also took ephedrine and caffeine prior to lifting, but this is normal. I then scratched from the meet because i didnt’ want to go blind. I went to a doctors office and was referred to an optometrist. He examined me and said that it was nothing serious likely a leaking blood vessel which has already healed. He advised no lifting for a week and then use the next week to gradually get back to top form and get advice from other sources about breath-holding techniques so it wouldn’t recur. This is fine as I was already going to take this week for active recovery. My questions are
- has anyone had this happen to them?
- can anyone refer me to an article to show me the right way to breathe or hold my breath or whatever during a max attempt…not BODYBUILDING, but Powerlifting. thank you.