Had it today. Man, what a great experience. I competed in the WABDL in Aberdeen and boy do they put on a great meet. I got to meet some awesome lifters and see some amazing lifts. If this Fed had the squat I would most certainly make it my home. It’s so hard for me to find a meet because I am out to sea 5-6 months out of the year, but this one fit right into my schedule.
I competed in Class 1 men’s 242. I was RAW for this meet. I developed a lot of respect for the technique that goes into geared lifting. I opened at 336 on bench and smoked it. Second attempt was 348 and smoked it. Failed the last attempt (lost tightness on the pause) at 363 but felt I could have done it.
I opened at 611.7 on deadlift and smoked it.
I did my second attempt at 639.2 and smoked it for a state record. My third was 661.2 and smoked it but got reds for a slight hitch (my only gripe of the day). I was a little dissappointed with my deadlift (my plan was to attempt a 3 X bodyweight raw for a fourth attempt that I passed on). I really wanted 718 on the bar but lost total focus after the hitch call.
Overall, the judging was strict, but fair, with maybe a couple of questionably long pauses on the chest (My 165 partner’s 3rd attempt must have sat on his chest for 3 full seconds).
I can’t wait to compete again and get a squat in. I am very happy to have my cherry popped on powerlifting competition. I feel like I am not a blowhard when I talk about being a powerlifter now.
I will post video as soon as I can figure out how to do that with my camera (I am technology stupid)…