This weekend I headed up to the Range for the Gordie Oie Memorial Bench Only competition. I didn’t lift because my meet is coming up this weekend, but I went up to support a few of the other lifters. The meet director, John, is a cool guy. He seems like the kind of guy that really likes lifting weights, and wants everyone to get the same enjoyment out of it that he does. I definitely know that feeling. John’s been in this game a lot longer than I have (well, pretty much everyone has) so he’s a bit better at inspiring people than I am. I did manage to pester two people into doing the meet though. One was easy. Spencer is the 14 year old that lifts at the same gym I go to. He’s done 1 full power meet where he secured two american lifting records. This was his first bench only meet and he did awesome! He was nervous as all get out (although he would never admit that). He was fairly conservative on his lifts because he got burned at his first meet and missed his 3rd attempt. Luckily, they did a PR round at the end of this meet so that lifters that made all 3 attempts could have one more try to see what they had left in them. After lifting a meet PR of 205 in this 3rd attempt, he lifted 215 in the PR round with no problem. Way to go Spence!!
The other lifter that I recruited was a bit more stubborn, but I eventually broke him down and convinced him to sign up. This was his first meet ever, and it went well. There is a pretty big learning curve for your first meet. All the rules, pauses, commands, etc. Luckily this meet was very lax so he had a chance to ease into everything. And there were no singlets required so he didn’t have to go through the pain and agony of that ridiculous outfit. He didn’t come close to a PR and only made his first two attempts, but it was still a success. He seems to have caught the bug that is competitive lifting and is already mapping out his next meet and what he’s going to need to do to get there.
Here’s a group shot of all the lifters. There were some pretty impressive lifts including an easy peasy 170 by the woman in the pink sweat shirt *jealous*.
No lifting for me today. I’m doing my openers tomorrow and then that’s it until the meet. I’m going through waves of confidence and utter disgust (why did I sign up for this?). I’ll be doing great until some one makes a comment like about my openers, or plants a seed of doubt about the depth of my squat. Then I panic and it takes me a few days hours to talk myself back out of it. I will feel a lot better once I run through my openers tomorrow and finalize everything. Here’s to everything feeling super light!!