Yesterday, I sent in my entry for a meet in Ottawa: www.ottawastrong.com/1.html
It's on July 18th, so 5 weeks to go. I've been around the forums for a long time and have learned a lot, but have never really been much of a contributor.
I hesitated about doing this, just as many other lurking members probably do. Then I thought, time to give back. Maybe someone will learn something from my (mis)adventures. I know that, just by writing it down, I'll learn a lot myself.
I'm 56, weight 179. I've been weight training, for sport and general fitness, for almost 40 years. I always focused on leg strength for cycling and cross country skiing, and tended to neglect upper body.
I'll be competing in Masters II, in a CPU (IPF) sanctioned event. I plan to squat and deadlift in gear, so that'll be part of the meet prep. I squat narrow stance and pull conventional. I'll be using a Metal IPF Squatter.
My recent gym lifts (raw):
Box Squat 385
(2 inches below parallel)
I know, the bench stands out for its extreme suckiness. I have lots of excuses - arthritis around base of thumbs, partially torn ligaments at right elbow - but truly, I just never liked it or did it much.
I'll cover training prep in my next post.