2 years? why not start competing now. you'll progress much faster. anyway, just pick a fed and look up the results of a local contest in your area and u will get a feel for how strong the competition is
what attitude should i have then? i'm giving myself 2 years because I want to train harder and get bigger lifts. I don't plan on doing this often, since this is secondary to academics and such. I just really want to win and that's it
Dont worry about winning, just go their and lift...going into your first comp expecting to win is a bad way to enter it....comps can sometimes be overwhelming and the adrenaline rush you will get from being there can sometimes throw you off...just go to the meet, go 9 for 9, and get white lights across the board!! just my opinion...
Theres alot of factors: -Whos lifting? -What weight class you lift in (how old are you?) -Is the meet local or state? (state meets attract a higher calibre lifter) -What federation are you lifting in?
In alot of cases a Junior lifter at a local meet won't have anther lifter in his weight class, so I could list exactly what you should do, but instead I'll just tell you to read Jack Reape's post above. Jack has been around the sport for a long time, and knows a good deal about meet preparation.
your focusing on all the wrong things here. You have to just experience a meet to know what your in for. I won a powerlifting meet with 4 faults and a combined of 1050. At my peak i did an 1100 suited and placed 2nd. Plus, the numbers your put up a that weight would be national top 5 at my age. As stated earlier, you could go into a meet unnopposed or have an entire flight devoted to your weightclass alone. There are so many different weightclass and divisions, just float around and find ones you like