I just arrived home from my first meet and the experience was definitely...pathetic. I arrive in the city this morning around 3am, I find a hotel and Im in bed by 4. I wake up at 6:30, head to the A&M Rec Center and start registering(btw it was an USAPL meet in Raw division). The USAPL ref starts to check in my gear. Everything passes except my Vibrams. I told him that I asked the meet director if they were legal and he told me yes. The ref responds "I dont give a rats ass what the meet director says. You understand me?" Sure. So Ill be using the boots for bench press the whole lift. No biggie.
Before my 1st attempt, a judge looks at my belt and says "you cant use that. It has padding." She asked who inspected it and that caused some problems. Luckily a fellow lifter let me borrow his. 1st attempt and Im using a weight 50lbs less than my max. I didnt pay enough attention to the judge so I was red lighted. After my 2nd attempt, The judges look at me and then walk off together talking. One comes back and says I just barely missed parallel. So that got me pissed. Onto 3rd attempt. I pick a weight about 15lbs heavier to finish strong. I notice there is one new judge. Right before I get under the bar, she asks,"Are you wearing briefs under your singlet"? I told her I had boxer briefs, like fruit of the loom. She says then,"Im sorry you are disqualified." Wow. I was in a world of pissed off. The meet director heads over to me and asked where I lived and that he wanted to help train me. Unfortunately I lived too far. So that was result of the meet.
What I learned- I wont blame anything on anyone but myself. I should have reads rules and paid more attention. If you are looking into doing your first meet. I would extremely advise you to find someone or a group who have competed so they can inform you with some tips, technique, and rules. Although it sucked ass, Im glad i got to experience it.