Short version: 465lb @ 220lb as a junior in single ply gear and to IPF rules
So here’s the LONG story…
Anyone’s that’s friends with me on FB will know I’ve been walking a tight line with my weight coming into this comp. I started dieting months ago with the intention of coming in at 100kg. I’ve been tracking my morning and evening weight for the last week trying to estimate what I’d need to be the day before to come in at 100kg.
I was 103.5kg on Thursday night, 100.9kg on Friday morning, 103kg that evening and 99.9kg yesterday morning. Might sound good, but that was a obvious sign I was going to come in too light. Was 100kg bang on around 6pm and t’s hard to force yourself to eat and drink knowing you’ve a weigh in the next day but thankfully I’d a good friend in my ear saying the right things. Got up to 101kg last night, 100kg on the button this morning before I left, and 99.81kg at weigh in.
Managed to get myself to 103.1kg by the time I started to warm up 2 hours later thanks to copious amounts of Diaorlyte, water, lucozade, chicken sandwiches, red bull and a cookie.
The bench, bar and plates were absolutely perfect so I knew I’d no excuse if I didn’t come out of it lifting well. Got my warm ups going well and settled into a nice groove early.
190kg for my first attempt, hit it easily.
200kg for my second attempt and a double bodyweight bench, hit it stronger than the 190.
205kg for my third, and it was the best of the lot.
Decided to put my balls on the line and go for 210kg @ 100kg as a juinor lifter on a 4th attempt. I won’t say I hit it strongly, but it was a clean press straight to lockout for a 30kg competition PR at 100kg, and 20kg absolute PR. I think it may be the highest ever competition bench done across any weight in the Republic by a junior lifter, but am not 100% sure.
Pretty stoked with my performance today. It was frickin awesome going 4 for 4 after bombing out badly on the bench at the IDFPA nationals last April. It leaves me set up for a really good total coming into next year now. The best part about today was how solid all my lifting was. Everything hit the groove perfectly and I just felt ultra comfortable on all the attempts.
Gotta say thanks to Dominic M for helping me out with my shoulder problems over the last couple of weeks, his advice really helped me out and allowed me to perform at my full potential today.
Major shout out goes to Ger, Mic and Trish for travelling down with me and helping out. The difference it makes having experienced guys like Ger and Mic around is unreal. It just makes everything so much easier, all ya have to worry about it lying on the bench and pressing.
I’ve videos uploading, and courtesy of Trish there’ll probably be photos rolling in over the next while too!!