I was 17 years old and on vacation. I went to a local YMCA where an ADFPA multiple record holding and World masters champion female lifter happened to be pulling.
I was planning on pulling that day, too. She was a 114, and a small one at that. Tall for the weight class and thin.
I was a little pissed this little older woman was training on the only DL platform and asked if I could work in.
She said sure and proceeded to work up to 315 for reps. That wasn’t a whole lot more than I was capable of at the time and her form was light years ahead of mine. Not even close.
So not only did I get outlifted by a 114# older woman, but she looked way better than me doing it.
Amusingly, she gave me some pointers and warned me it would make me pull less at first (we were pulling sumo).
She was right. I could barely budge 275. I sat there in front of her unable to break 275 from the floor while she repped 315.
It was brutal but probably had a lot to do with my early evolution as a Powerlifter because I took what she told me seriously, kept working it, and sought out additional advice from lifters as I encountered them.
It also taught me that I had a lot of work to do.