Howdy Folks, so I've been thinking about taking the plunge into competitive lifting. I'm just not sure the best way to approach it. I've lifted for several years now and kind of bounced around in my goals. I couple years ago I was on the path and had my combined lifts up over 1100 pounds (not huge, I know, but a start) on 5/3/1 when I suffered a bit of a back injury that kept coming back. I think I'm fully recovered now while I piddled around and not kept really strong.
The past several months, I've been back on 5/3/1 and my lifts have been climbing back and should be there by the end of the year. I want to go beyond that -- I want to have goals and challenge myself. I want to try a meet. In the fall I'm moving to Los Angeles and I don't think I'll be able to find a suitable gym (I've looked around and can't find much) and my schedule will probably force me to train on my own.
I've always been pretty good to train on my own, but I think that training for the sport, with a goal in mind, will be an entirely different beast. I guess I don't know how most people train, if they train on teams, alone, or whatever. Any advice on how to proceed?