Well it was an interesting experience. I feel like I've been hit by a bat all over today but here's my thoughts on it and how it went as well as some videos. I'll have to get Chaz's videos up here in a bit, youtube is taking a long time uploading.
It was an amazing experience and one I will definitely be repeating. There were so many people from many different backgrounds socially and geographically but everyone was unbelievably supportive of everyone, even though many of us were competing against each other in the same weight classes. Again, I was truly impressed, overjoyed, and just happy at how people acted. In this world that seems to be a more rare thing.
Now, on to what happened/how I did etc....
First off, I won the 181 open division raw and Chaz won the 181 teen raw division.
How it went:
Squat: Opened with 425, pretty much a smoke show but my nerves were still all over the place. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6Zg1hdrO8w
2nd attempt 465, definitely a grinder and nerves again came into play, this was an issue with all my squats actually.
3rd attempt 485 - Failed. I just couldn't get out of the hole so no PR for me. I also tweaked my hamstring which will come into play later in the day.
Opener: 250, super easy.
2nd attempt: 275. Not bad but didn't hit my groove too well, still got it.
3rd attempt: 285. Failed it. Just missed my groove completely. Thought I had it recovered than the side spotter grabbed the bar a bit premature and that was that. Either way I learned a lot on this attempt and will have it easy next time. The pause is definitely something I need to practice more and it takes a ton out of your bench poundage.
Opener: 475, went up easy though I honestly felt like I could take a nap and I was joking around with Chaz prior about going to sleep. My setup was pretty sloppy and I didn't take it very serious.
2nd Attempt: 515. And this is where disaster struck. Got down, felt light on the pull and about 6 inches off the ground I felt a massive pop and tons of pain in my left hamstring. I managed to shift my weight to my right leg and still lock it out but then proceeded to go outside and curl up into a ball of pain. People were genuinely concerned and brought me ice, helped me walk around, generally just took care of me. Again the attitudes of my fellow competitors was amazing.
3rd attempt: 550. I figured what the hell, I've hit 545 in the gym before and that 515 felt light except for the whole hamstring destruction. I decided to wrap my leg up with a knee wrap super tight and go up there and at least give it a try. It all felt fine and all until ya know I tried to pull and my left leg couldn't tighten up what so ever. Didn't budge it. That being said, I got alot of applause from people for even attempting to get up there since everyone knew that I was in massive amounts of pain, again the competitors were amazing people.
So all and all I totaled 1255. I was pretty disappointed with this and felt I left a lot of weight on the bar that I should of gotten. Should of hit the squat, the last bench, and had the hamstring not happened would of gotten that I believe. I learned a ton from this and next time I don't think nerves will be an issue. I think on a good day currently I could do 1320 if I can put it all together, maybe more, I just have to execute.