This is my third ever strongman contest, and second time doing the Iowa Games Strongman. This is my write up from last years: https://www.reddit.com/r/Strongman/comments/6nv0j7/competition_write_up_iowa_games_strongman_contest/
I weighed in 6 lbs heavier than last year at 205 which bumped me up a weight class, but still used pretty much the same weight as the weight class below us minus the loading medley.
I trained pretty heavy leading up to the contest that I did 9 weeks ago, but I decided to get straight back to building after that instead of trying to eek out 8 more weeks of really heavy training. In my mind I was already preparing for contests of the future instead of this one specifically.
Instead of 4 events like last year we did 5 events. Farmers Carry, Truck Pull, Loading Medley, Overhead relay, and Tire flip.
Farmers Carry: 203 lbs/hand. 80ft down, 80 ft back. Last year I made it 35 ft, this year I made it 47ft. Again my grip wasn’t the issue it was my hip/glute and leg strength. I deadlifted 415lbs for a max effort triple a week ago and a heavily pre exhausted 405lb trap bar carry for like 20ft 2 weeks ago. So my static strength has improved but it wasn’t enough to give me more leeway with the implement. I came in 7th out 8th in this event. Not last!
Loading Medley: 160/180/200/240 to not very high.
This was the surprise event. Had no idea it was coming, and I am happy to have done it. It rotated Sandbag/Keg/Sandbag/Keg. Never done a sandbag before so that’s what I was most worried about, lost time trying to figure it out but it worked out. IN warmups I just loaded the heaviest of my kegs to make sure I could it, and after doing it I knew I could finish it the Medley. Got last in this event but I finished in about 35 seconds.
Truck Pull: 11,000 lb Military Humvee, 100 ft course. The same make as the one from last year which I had moved 3 inches. This time I moved it 65 ft. This made me SUPER freaking happy, I let out a joyous roar afterwards. I made significant progress in this event and I got revenge on it for barely budging last year. Hoping that next year I will get the full 100ft.
Overhead Medley: 70/hand, 160, 160, 165
I zero’d this event. Kettlebells were up first again, I tried using u/atlasstoned 's method that he suggested on last year’s write up, but I couldn’t get myself underneath the kettlebells enough to Front Rack them properly during warm ups. Tried for a bit but never got it to work. Tried cleaning them to no avail. Even if I could have gotten them up there was no guarantee I could get them overhead. I am not mad I failed the event, but I am frustrated at my general lack of progress on Overhead stuff.
Tire Flip: 630lbs for max reps.
During warmups I couldn’t budge the dang thing, but when I game time came I was able to grind out my first flip. Failed the second rep about 3 times. I was frustrated, I REALLY wanted that second flip. I started beating my chest, got really amped up and just went berserk on it, barely eeking out the second tire flip before time ran out. I was so freaking happy about that second rep. I was talking to u/pluckymongoose before the event stating that “I want 1 rep, wait no I am gonna get 2.” I don’t know if I hadn’t dedicated to the idea of getting a second one if I would have found it on this day. I got it. This and the truck pull were my favorite moments of the day.
Saw some faces from last year, met new people like u/pluckymongoose We really hit it off talking a lot during the competition about training, and the events.
I am confident enough to say that next year I should be more competitive at this particular contest next year. Training has been going well lately and I feel like I am making strides in my static strength and athleticism. I need to figure out something for my overhead.