Okay, so I’m no Rocky Balboa (but I do get teased for having the same name as his wife all the time…”Yo, Adriane!”), but I am now officially the undisputed champion of the world. Okay…so that’s not true either. But I did manage to acquire a state lifting record today. Yepper, little old me. It may have taken all the chalk and baby powder I could find, but I managed to knock out a few good lifts today.
The squat…..of course, was my shakiest lift. I watched the first two flights go before me and noticed that a lot of people were getting called for not squatting low enough. Nervous. I did my opening weight (178?) fine, but I missed my second because I didn’t squat ATG. Not to mention my pesky wandering knees. I didn’t have the confidence to skip that weight so I stayed at 198 for my third attempt and made it with three white lights. Yay! My nerves always get a lot better after I’m done squatting.
The Bench…..it seems like a blur now. My warm ups felt really good. I finally had a bit of an arch and my elbows were staying put. I started out at 126 and had no problems. My second lift was at 148 for the state record. I was a bit nervous making such a big jump, but I knew I’d gotten close in the gym. But I cinched up my spiffy, pink wrist wraps and went after it. It went up fine, maybe a little slow, but it felt good. The third attempt is what got me though. I went up to 153 and didn’t make it. I felt like I was close, but I let the bar dip down a bit and that did me in. I was still really happy though. Records are good ; )
Finally…the deadlift. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this lift. I felt good that last time I lifted heavy, but that was three weeks ago. The one thing that kept me going was that I knew I could push through a dead lift a bit easier than I can with my other lifts. I’m not going to go so far as to say it’s my favorite, but I seem to enjoy it slightly more than the other two lifts. My first attempt was 248 and it was no problem. The second was….shit, I have no idea. I didn’t want to know what any of my attempts were through the whole meet so I didn’t get pscyhed out. I managed to remember most of them after hearing the announcer call them out before my lifts, but I guess I was just too wiped out to care at that point. I lifted it though. My third attempt was 281. I remember that one because it was the same as the state record. I didn’t break it, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to next time. It felt good. Had I been in the gym, I’d have thrown another ten pounds on just to see if I could do it. (I’d have tried 153 again on the bench too, but this isn’t fairytale land now is it?)
And that was that. At my first meet, I remember talking to a guy that tried to explain to me that you only feel good about a lift for about a second and then you start thinking about how much you can do next time, or that you should have done more or better. I didn’t get it the first time because I was just so excited to have gotten through that meet. This time though…..I get it. I got three state records and new PRs on all my lifts, but I already want more. Iguess that’s why this stinkin sport is so addicting.
I start training for the next meet on Monday. It’s in the end of October so I have about 10 weeks to train again. I felt great about how my deadlift training went, even though I doubted it the whole way through. I’m assuming I’ll follow a similar pattern next time around. My squat continues to be a source of frustration, but it’s getting better. Must….keep…..knees……out! And my bench…..I honestly didn’t make as much progress as I thought I was going to. I’m not sure what adjustments I could make there, maybe it’s more practice with form? Who knows. The one thing I struggled with the MOST with this training round was taking so much time off at the end. That killed me and seriously dented my confidence. However, it was somewhat better than maxing out the week before the week of the meet. Next time, I’d like to find more of a happy medium…..just avoid the sloth effect.
Anyway, I have an aching jaw from clenching my teeth so hard today, and I’m exhausted. Thanks for all the good thoughts today, and thanks to my extra, super, duper AWESOME trainer, Ray for the 47 pep talks today. I needed every one. (Not to mention the 47 thousand pep talks he’s given me in the gym in the last few months!!!)
****I had to edit this post. Ooops. Some sort of error occurred at the meet. I initially thought I’d gotten three state records, but alas…I only came home with one. It’s okay though, I’m still pretty stoked about the whole experience!!!