First Ever Meet results:
Squat: 365 10lb PR! Could’ve gotten more. (belt and knee wraps)
Bench: 190 --> I decided to not go for a PR in favor of having a better total.
Deadlift: 375 --> missed an attempt at 400. Bar did not leave the ground (belt)
Thoughts: (not a cohesive essay)
All in all this was a fun, exciting, and humbling experience. I didn’t really get to see the big dudes lift except for the deadlift, and no one was pulling over 700. I tried mainly to focus on preparing for each lift.
Prepping for the squat was the hardest, getting both the knee wraps on and the belt in time was sort of a pain in the ass. I imagine this is much worse when wearing actual gear.
I placed first in my division as a 198 lb junior raw lifter because I was competing against no one. Because of this I was forced to compare myself to other lifters, which was where the humbling part came into play. Sidenote: The WNPF is a natural powerlifting league.
Equipped 220lb class junior: We squatted the same thing, but he blew me away with a 270 lb bench and a 415 DL
Equipped 198lb class 14 year old boy: I squatted more than him, but he benched and deadlifted significantly more than I did. He made 380 look like a piece of cake (first attempt). He’ll be going places in football if he makes the right choices.
Equipped Girl 150lb class either junior or open: I benched and squatted more than her but she deadlifted more than me! She had an 845lb total. I’m not sure about her age because she was with her parents but said she taught kids english.
Male 198lb senior citizen: outbenching me, but I’m outsquatting him. I didn’t see him deadlift.
All in all I got beaten by a girl, an old man, and a 14 year old boy. Ouch. Good times though, squat PR!
Sidenote: The meet itself was expensive as I dropped a total of $170 on entering, getting a year membership, and a singlet. The financial thing reminded me of paint-balling, and again, this is probably much worse with gear. There was also curling, which was silly.
I will try to post a link to the meet results, when they put them up.
Epilogue: I imagine that I will continue to train for powerlifting after I take a two week hiatus for some graduation summer fun. I’ve enjoyed my introduction to the sport, and I’d like to continue to do it, likely for 3-4 years since I have decent coaching, to see what kind of potential I have. After what I’ve seen today, it doesn’t seem unreasonable at all to think that within that span of time that I could hit around 3-4-5 or a 1200lb total. However, my short-er term goal would be to hit a 1000lb total, which would be a good goal for a meet in october, though I may move up a weight class to do it. There’s certainly plenty of room for improvement.
Disclaimer: I’m obviously excited because this is my first meet. I understand that In a sense that it was “nothing special” number-wise, but numbers are only part of the reason why I posted. I’d be interested in hearing about other people’s first meet experiences, as well as any input or questions regarding my own experience.