Nationals was a lot of fun and definitely a learning experience. Met some great lifters, too. The meet was really well run with 4 platforms of 2 flights each in my Friday afternoon session. We started lifting at 6pm, and we were waiting around for awards at 9:30?you read that right, all 9 attempts in less than 3.5 hours. As soon as we finished 3rd attempts, it was time to start warming up for the next lift. Usually there is time between attempts to watch the video of my previous lift and reset if something didn?t go quite right, but not this time. I didn?t even have time to watch the other lifters in my flight much. I can see now why everyone else in my flight but me had a handler turning in next attempts, helping with belts, sleeves, wraps, etc., but I still managed a new total, so while it would have been nice, I don?t think it hurt me to do it on my own like usual.
Squat 286.6/303.1/308.6 (miss) - ties my PR
Bench 143.3 (missed this on my opener, and was successful on 2nd attempt, failed 148). Looking back, I probably let the pace rattle me a bit and I rushed my set-up.
Deadlift 385.8/407.5/413.3 meet PR
Total 859.8 PR
Waiting to get videos back from my dad of my attempts
Tied for 11th - a little short of my goal of top 10. If I had hit 154 on bench, I?d have edged out a tie for 9th on .25 kilos of bodyweight. It bothers me a little to have left 10lbs out there on bench, but since I was able to make up for it enough with deadlift for a new best total, I won?t lose too much sleep. Everyone else in my flight could bench at least 20lbs more than me, so that wasn?t where I was going to beat anyone anyway.
As for the winner of my weight class, Kim Walford (also world champion) went 396/248/518 (I got to watch her last attempt at 535, but she missed), for an 1162.9 total.
The superheavyweight world champ out of Omaha, Bonica Lough went 9/9 with 584.2/330.6/523.6 for an 1438.5 total ? wow. I don?t have any problem bragging that we?re friends.
Thanks for all of the support. The goal of squatting 3 plates is still hanging out there for me, so still work left to do.