Starting a training log. I was hesitant to do this at first but the more I think about it there is no reason NOT to. If keeping this log elicits the slightest sliver of feedback to improve my lifts it will have been worth it. Hopefully someone reading this will be able to get some help from me as well. Some brief background:
Weight (9/22) 238
Squat: 480 (no wraps)
Bench: 300 (gym) -- 270 at my last meet
I started working out when I was 16, just using some dumbbells and a machine in my parents' basement (something similar to a bowflex). I didn't make much progress. Most of my teen years were spent getting in to a lot of trouble - I was lucky to not do too much damage but all that needs to be said is that my escapdes exceeded well beyond your typical drinking and drugging experimentation. I was 21 before I got that straightened out. With my priorities better aligned, I was able to learn about proper nutrition and finally make some progress with the weights. I built a respectable physique and even got some abs to show at a svelte 150 pounds
Fast forward 2 years, I'm 23 and move out of my parents' place. Hit up a commercial gym for the first time and pick up a barbell for the first time. That day I saw some fat kid squat 300 pounds and realized I had my priorities all wrong. I studied strength training and started following Stronglifts 5x5 and within 8 months I was squatting that same 300 pounds for reps.
And the rest is history. I did my first power meet in January of this year and totaled 1165 at 220. I did my second one On 7/24/16 and got that number up to 1250 (480/270/500) at 242. I am still very much a beginner but there is no doubt I am bit by the iron bug hard. I did a full write-up of this meet which is over in the Powerlifting section for anyone interested.
I had been preparing for another RPS meet in October, however with work picking up and interfering with my training cycle I came to the decision that this meet was not in the cards. I've decided to hold off on competing most likely until 2017. In the meantime I am working on dropping a few pounds while continuing to push my strength up.
Thanks to anyone giving input and following along.