Saturday was my first PL competition. I figured I would go & try to get some PR’s & watch & learn from the big boys. The night before I went to weigh in and check out the equipment. I knew a guy that can out-squat me by 200# (and bench and DL) was going to be in my weight class. So I weighed in after having eaten dinner and my usual 6 meals that day. I came in at 271 (at 6’6"). I turned in my first attempts. For each lift, I picked numbers that I had previously tripled raw.
In the competition I nailed my first squat. In the second attempt at 500#, I bottomed out, lost my balance, and double bounced. I saw the head referee react, so I really didn’t try to save it and let the spotters help me up. Before my last attempt, I pulled the legs of my suit down a little. I hit the 500 & it was pretty easy. I’m sure I could have done it raw, so I was a little disappointed I didn’t get to see what the suit could do for me on the third lift. Still, a 10# PR over my previous raw max.
Bench didn’t go quite as well. I hurt my shoulder 8 weeks before. Although I feel I’m fully recovered I did miss 4 weeks of hitting the bench hard. I also couldn’t get the feel of my bench shirt, so I decided to bench in a T-shirt. I got 275 with some effort, but in spite of doubling 285 two weeks before, I missed 290 twice.
About this time I noticed 2 things: (1) I was very hungry and shaking–I had only been drinking protein drinks and water; and (2) I had been drinking too much water! The shakes went away after eating a slice of pizza. But the water? I had to run to the bathroom twice during DL warmups, and between each attempt. I sure am glad I’m a guy & didn’t have to pull the suit all the way off each time!
In DL my first attempt flew off the floor, and I pulled 600 pretty smoothly for the second attempt, A 20# PR. My third attempt was 625. when I got it off the floor, I was excited because I’ve never failed a DL I could get off the floor. However, I couldn’t get it past my knees. This must be where the suit’s support dies off. Now rack pulls make sense to me.
I told my family that I’d meet them at the restaurant after the awards–they didn’t need to stick around 'cause I wasn’t going to get anything. They decided to stay & saw me declared the winner of my weight class. (The guy that could crush me in each lift didn’t show & I was the only guy in the 275 class.) My first official total: 1375.
- Eat more solid stuff, I was thinking trail mix would have been cool. What kind of stuff does everyone eat out there?
- Drink a lot less water!
- Start doing rack pulls
I’m open to ideas to improve my bench. I thought I’d try Waterbury’s ten sets of 3. Chains don’t seem to be helping my explosiveness, so I was thinking I’d try explosive pushups, try to clap between reps.