Quick update on how my first meet went. On Saturday I competed in the Michigan APF Holiday Push/Pull meet. I didn’t change up my training at all, but I did take a deload the week leading up to it. I also ended up only benching as my hamstring has been giving me problems recently and I didn’t want to injure it further.
Anyway, I weighed in at 172lbs and my planned attempts were 255, 280, and 300 (lbs). 280 would be a PR and I just wanted to give 300 a shot.
During warm ups, I benched 235 for a single and it felt like 135, so I was pumped. But, of course, not everything goes according to plan. Full disclosure, I was nervous as hell and everything was a blur. I laid on the bench for my first attempt and the guy giving liftoffs sent the bar waaaaay out in front of me. There was no start command so I tried to lower it down before getting it settled. I brought it down way lower than usual, and had to basically muscle it up in what had to be the ugliest form of all time. I must’ve hitched it because it was called no lift. The weight felt really light, but I decided to take it again instead of going up. I grabbed a guy I knew to give me a lift off on my second attempt and that went much better. My first time seeing three white lights! That relieved a lot of pressure and I stuck to my guns and went with 280lbs on my third attempt and got that as well. It went up smooth and was never in doubt.
I grabbed my buddy and headed back to the warm up area to give 300lbs a shot. I didn’t worry about pausing on my chest and went for a touch and go rep. It got stuck right about 3-4 inches off my chest, and the spotter had to help out a bit from there. Ah well.
All in all, it was an awesome experience. 13 months ago I weighed 130lbs soaking wet and couldn’t even bench my bodyweight, so this meet served as a gateway into NOV-dom.
The elephant in the room during the past year (which I don’t bring up much) is that I don’t eat meat or dairy. I had been vegan for years and only added in eggs/fish oil once I began lifting, but I’ve decided to bring meat back into my diet and put some mass on over the winter. I’ve already started a BBB cycle and will be trying to get my weight up to ~190-200lbs by Spring. I also plan to do a couple full powerlifting meets in 2017. Should be fun. I’ll make sure I keep my log updated!