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Did My First Competition

So, like the title says, I competed in my first powerlifting competition on Saturday. It was an AAU meet in upstate NY. I have been losing some weight, so I could get into the 242 class, and ended up weighing in at 238. The meet was an ironman event, meaning we just did bench and deadlift.

Bench:
Opened with 235 - nailed it.
2nd attempt - 255 - 3 red lights, lifted my ass off of the bench
3rd attempt - 270 - nailed it, 3 white lights.

PR in the gym is 280, which I probably could have done in the meet.

Deadlift:
Opened 365 - nailed it
2nd - 415 - it came up so quick that I didn’t know what to do (literally), I ended up stopping just above my knees, then finishing the lift - 3 red.
3rd - 440 - nailed it, no problem.

PR in the gym was 415 before this.

I’m trying to get the vids off of my digital camcorder, but I can’t find the damned cable! Hopefully I’ll have the vids in a day or two.

The guy I train with benched 405, and deadlifted 600. I should have some vids of that too.

BTW, former World’s Strongest Man, Don Reinhoudt was there, I got my picture taken with him.

[quote]Uncle Fester wrote:

2nd - 415 - it came up so quick that I didn’t know what to do (literally), I ended up stopping just above my knees, then finishing the lift - 3 red.
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This is a problem that is kind of common with openers. The weight is to light and as a result a foot moves or something else.

Not bad for your first meet. You might have started a little light on bench. 50lbs is a large increment. But overall not bad. At the 242s you will need to keep training hard.

At your next competition don’t underestimate yourself, you have your first competition out of the way; that takes a lot of pressure out of it. Just keep going and lifting heavy.

Good work mate. look foward to the vids and pics.

nice work

Phill

[quote]wressler125 wrote:
Uncle Fester wrote:

2nd - 415 - it came up so quick that I didn’t know what to do (literally), I ended up stopping just above my knees, then finishing the lift - 3 red.

This is a problem that is kind of common with openers. The weight is to light and as a result a foot moves or something else. [/quote]

True, I opened my last meet with a very conservative DL that flew off the ground. When I reached the top, I rocked up on my toes. Everyone got quite like I was about to fall over or something. Still got 3 whites, but learned a valuable lesson.

To the OP, nice job on your first meet, keep up the good work. How long did the whole thing take to run?

Good work on your first meet. I am really thinking about entering a competition soon. It would be my first one too.

I’ll be watching this thread closely so maybe I can learn a thing or two!