I competed in my second meet on March 29, 2015. It was also my first ‘proper’ meet, as it was the GPC qualifier for the nationals in a couple of months. My first meet was a non-federation novice competition on March 1, 2015.
Apart from falling on my backside in my first attempt of the deadlift I’m really quite pleased. I improved my total by 49 lbs and hit PRS in all the lifts:
squat - 463 lbs
bench press - 253.5 lbs
deadlift - 501.5 lbs
In retrospect, I should have pulled conventional on all the attempts, but I was determined to try sumo as in the weeks leading up to the meet it felt like the better option. On the plus side, I learned why a lot of sumo pullers wear high tops; I since got a pair of Matflex 4s. It also didn’t help that I lost track of time and was busy warming up for the deadlift until about five minutes before my first attempt. My warm up sumo pulls felt nice.
Anyway, I learned a whole bunch and had a great time. I’m looking forward to a solid six or so month block of training before the GPC Canberra Cup in October where I’m planning on putting some decent numbers up.