Damn it! I knew I'd get good points on both sides.
I just started working on my form/arch/speed this week, and noticed that my arch wasn't as good as I thought it should be, so I know I can definitly improve in that area.
The las time I competed (3.5 yrs ago), I got myself down to 148 (I'm 5'5"), and my lifts were pretty much the same as they are now (I'm only about 5,15,5 pounds stronger in bench,dead,squat as I was then).
I haven't been training solely for strength these past 4 months, but using CW's programs I did gain quite a bit of my strength back. I know I can make some more strenght gains while losing the 8 pounds, but I was just thinking I could make a little more strength gains by gaining a little (or staying close to the same weight).
I know 10 weeks isn't long enough to reach my long term goals, but it is long enough to prepare for the meet.
Since this is my first meet in over 3 yrs, I'm using it to get more experience anyway.
I think I already know that the weight will be easy to drop while making strength gains, but fat loss is the most difficult goal for me to stick with (strength and mass are much easier for me, motivation wise).
I'm getting help with my bench form, bench routine, I'm going to be practicing in my shirt 6 weeks before the meet, so I'm pretty sure I will make gains in my lifts.
I don't know, maybe it's just cold feet. I already told myself I'd compete at 165 for just this meet, then gain size and strength for every meet after this.
I want to stick with powerlifting for many more years to come, so a trophy early on might give me that extra push to stay focused for the long haul. Placing 12th would be a bit of a dissapointment (even though I know there's no guarantee I won't place 12th at 165).
I'll have to keep racking my brain to see what I realy want to do. I've been eating cleaner these past few weeks, so maybe just by eating better and doing some ESW I'll get to 165 without much effort.
Thanks for all the replys! No matter what I choose, I still like to know the oppinions of T-Nation members, especially from the strength forum.