Well, I just celebrated my 35th birthday this past Saturday. I am a raw powerlifter in the 220 class.
I began training for powerlifting in the fall of 2004 and competed in my first meet in September 2005 (330-275-408 for 1014 in the 198s).
My next meet was in November 2005 (360-285-425 for 1070 in the 198s).
I did a bench-only in April of 2006 (310@209) before doing another full meet in June of 2006 (400-315-430 for 1140 in the 220s).
I took four months off at this point because I started working an extra job.
I started lifting again in December of 2006. I did a local meet the next month (January 2007) and only benched 280@213 and pulled 445@213…
I trained steady until May when I took another two months off because I stopped taking my antidepressants.
I started training again with a December full meet in sight. I did that meet going 405-315-460=1180@214…
In January of 2008, I lost my car and stopped going to the gym.
I began lifting again in mid August, doing bench-only training because my gym is a Planet Fitness (I walk there because it is really close).
It was depressing as fuck to weigh 200 and bench 245x1 with a struggle.
I am back up to ~300 based on my training results.
I am doing a comeback meet on 12/13 (APA Iron Barbarian) where my goal is a 315 bench at 208 or so…
The point of all this rambling is to give a better picture of what type of lifter I am.
I am genetically average, a bit overweight due to my psych meds messing with my metabolism.
I am only 5’5 so I do have a very short bench stroke.
I guess I am looking for encouragement from other guys who picked up the sport late and have had difficulty training consistently.
My 2008 goal as I mentioned is 315 BP but I would like to someday hit a double bodyweight raw bench.