Well I bombed at National Masters. Yes, after a great part of training I bombed. In the squat off all things. So after 2 weeks I have been able to reflect, study, analyze, eat donuts, and plan for the future.
I was able to study the DVD of the meet. Consult with lifters who have known me for years. Look at my training. Man did it open my old eyes. I used a single ply Titan Centurion squat suit for my first 2 attempts, and a single ply B suit for third. The third was closest to keeping my sorry butt in the meet.
Now for all you iron nuts listen up. In the squat the best way to get proper form is the knees must be opening up. My knees were closer than someone who is knock kneed. I could not get them to open up, partially due to the suit. The other part was something I was doing wrong. My toes were not pointing out enough. My first workout back in the gym I pointed them out more, knees went open, and squats were as one lifter said damn near gorgeous.
Now I can over react and radically change everything. I am too much of a conservative to do that. My training program until the last 4 weeks was awesome. Hit personal records for weight and reps each week. Then I introduced the suit and things changed. So also being a tight ass and hating spending $115 on the suit I am giving it one more chance.
You know though somethings were not meant to be. This meet was that. I tried to bench an empty bar in the warmup area and my shoulder would not tolerate it at all. The third last workout before the meet I injured it in training and it hurt like hell. After the meet I had my chiro look at it. He said, "everything that is supposed to move is not moving." So after a couple of moves the pain was gone and I am again benching.
Something else. My wife did not love me less. She was there for me. My step kids were great to me. My son was supportive. So lifting is not everything, just a great part of life, but just a part.
So now to re qualify for next year, and show them all. I also intend to have more fun, I did not this time. So now think about this. Be serious when you train, but remember there is a life out there to be lived. You can be a kick butt lifter, have a good family life, and laugh a lot.
Now to go out and do battle with moles. Damn things have tunnels you could drive a Mini Cooper through..