I spent about an hour and a half with the meet organizer up at the event venue on Friday. He watched me lift, talked me through how the competition was laid out, showed where everything would take place. It was great. He thought all my lifts looked really good and my form was acceptable in a judging situation. He also helped me practice the commands that they use in the meet. I wasn’t familiar with them so I was happy to have some one go through them with me. There are a series of cues for each lift that you have to wait for before you unrack, lift, and re rack the weight. If you miss any of those cues, your lift is disqualified. That is, of course, the last thing I want. I honestly feel a lot more confident after meeting with him. And the last thing he said was that I should take a look at the state lifting records. I’m not close to any of them right now, but with another six months of diligent training….who knows. Here’s a link if you want to check out the current records.
My next task was to workout at 6:30 this morning so I could get my workout in before work today…yes it’s Saturday and I’m working….again. It was rough getting out of bed because I didn’t sleep well, but I made it. I felt the best during my bench today…surprisingly. I did 5 sets of 2 at 120, 120, 125, 125, 125 and even did three reps in the last set.
The biggest thing I took from my meeting with the meet organizer was that I need to figure out what all my lifts were going to be. First I need to decide what my opening lifts will be. He said it should be a weight that I can comfortably do three reps at. This will eliminate any risk of not getting it due to nerves or fatigue from the other lifts. Then I need to set up something like a flow chart. If I get my opening weight, then what will be my next weight- keeping in mind that you can’t go back down. I get three attempts at each of three weights. Likewise, if I make my second weight, what will I attempt for my third lift. They only give you 60 seconds to enter your next attempt weight before they enter in the default of an additional 5 pounds. So much pressure!
After our meeting, Kati and I went straight to the computer lab and printed off the lifters handbook with all the rules in it. I read it last night and will probably reread it several times just to make sure I’ve got it all down.
The two most surprising things were that I need to wear knee high socks during my deadlift. I guess people frequently scrape their shins on the bar and bleed all over it so the socks are for protection. I’m thinking something like this….
And….I have to choose and opening song that they will play for me every time I lift. So I have to come up with a song that cool enough to be heard nine times in a day without becoming completely annoying. I’m stumped. I’m thinking something techno with no words to get sick of hearing. What do you think??