So this is my second strongman contest, but my first sanctioned one. I performed a little worse than I imagined but placed how I expected. I got last place in the middle weight division. I went to learn, gain experience, and meet people; not to win.
Events: Log Press 210lbs* Clean and Press Away
18"* Axle Deadlift
Keg Carry 70 ft for time
Hercules Hold for time
Atlas Stone Series
Log Press: I haven’t touched a log since my last competition because until recently I didn’t know of anywhere close with one. My Pressing Strength didn’t really improve that much, and I can’t jerk worth a crap either. So I knew going in that I couldn’t do the contest weight and got the zero I expected. The crappy thing is though for the other competitors that they misloaded it 18lbs heavy so 6 out of 8 middleweights zero’d the event. I really need to figure something out with overhead stuff.
18" Inch Axle Deadlift 500lbs for Reps I hit 470lbs in warmups but couldn’t get the 500lb when it counted. I might have had 500 in me and the 470 took it out of me, but it’s hard to say. I am little disappointed in 2 things, one the left tire was flat making the first pull harder and 2 we pulled from lower than 18". I know because I measured and figured it out months ago. Probably 15" or 16". I knew this was a stretch to hit but that change was a crusher. I made the decision to only pull from the floor for 99% of my prep “focusing on the long term” so I kinda screwed myself on this event too.
Keg Carry 225lbs 70ft no drops allowed One the SHWs gave me some advice on how to do this event. I went slow and steady and just focused on not dropping it. I tried to speed up in towards the end but I was kicking it out in front of me too much so I went back to slow and steady. Finished in 23 seconds which was last place for the event but I was just glad to finish and not zero. I trained for this with Zercher carries.
Hercules Hold 250lbs/hand So people were hook gripping this, but I didn’t because I thought it was against the rules. Held it for a little for 2 seconds. Happy considering how heavy it was. I just did DOH Deadlifts and Fat Grip DOH w/o chalk to train my grip, which I got up to 350 DOH DL before the end of my training cycle. I thought I would do better but all things considered I am not upset with the results.
Atlas Stone Series First time ever touching atlas stones. Brought my own wraps but had no tacky. One of the other competitors let me have some. That allowed me to get the 208lb stone but not the 240lber. Oh well Super glad to just get to do this event. It’s the one I have honestly wanted to do the most.
Static strength is still a major limiting factor for me and I have a general plan for how to attack that, but I also need more experience with implements. Which now that I am aware of some better options I plan on taking care of that
Got to meet a bunch of awesome and amazing people.