Thanks for the tips in preparation for this meet. It was an awesome experience and I’m pumped for the next one. The meet was USAPL, I competed in the 83kg class, and ended up taking 2nd overall. Squat: 195kg(430lbs), Bench: 120kg(265lbs), Deadlift: 262.5kg(579lbs)
Competing was definitely different than I expected.
This meet moved quite quickly. There were about 5 minutes between each lift. I expected 10-15.
Rules on bench were much more strict than I was expecting. I’ve been pausing my bench presses for quite a while, but was not prepared for the level of stillness required on the chest. I ended up at 265, which was way below what I thought I’d be able to hit. Lots of work to do here for next time. I also wasn’t used to locking my knees out hard at the top of a squat, but that wasn’t too tough to fix on the spot.
I thought that having a crowd of spectators would be distracting, nerve-racking, and throw off my form, but it didn’t. It felt easy to get into the zone and I didn’t experience the “stage fright” I thought I might.
Everyone was extremely nice. I knew it would be a welcoming group, but every lifter there was beyond supportive, and I left the meet with a few new friends.
I ended up going 5/9. 1 missed squat, 2 technical errors on bench, and just barely missed my last deadlift at 606. Next time I’ll have less misses, but I’m happy I went for them since I would have set PRs and won the meet had I hit my 3rd squat and deadlift.
My goal is to increase my total to 625kg by September 15th to qualify for raw nationals.