I was 5 pounds over the day before weigh-ins. I have never been over the night before a meet. I put on my vinyl sweat top, and sat in the garage with the heater on. I jumped rope for about ten minutes. I spent about thirty minutes in the garage all together.
I immediately weighed myself when I woke up. 270lbs. I packed up all my gear, and headed out.
The meet was held at Victory Baptist Church, located in Henrietta, NY. It is a great facility to lift in. Ron, the VP of the WNPF, always holds great meets. I like their monolift, and their bars are much better than the one I train with.
I met up with Ron to weigh in. With just my boxers on, I weighed in at 271lbs. This was at 8am. I went to get some breakfast after weigh-ins. My opening attempts were 525/315/455.
The first flight of squats started at 10am. I started warming up as soon as the first flight got going. My warm-up attempts felt pretty easy. I didn't take as many as I usually would. I'm not sure if this hurt me or not. I took my last warm up at 495. I had about 7 minutes before my first attempt. I un-racked the bar without issue, waited for my commands, and smoked the weight for 3 white lights. I told the judges table I was attempting 550lbs. for my 2nd attempt. I felt really good un-racking the weight. I waited for my commands, and stalled out about two-thirds of the way up. What felt like a minute was probably 5 or 6 seconds. The spotters helped me up with the weight. I told the scores table I was going to attempt it again for my 3rd attempt. I shouldn't have even attempted it. Let's just leave it at that.
My bench training was going really well leading up to the meet. I felt really good warming up for the bench. There were fifteen lifters in my flight. I warmed up a little slower than I would normally. I opened at 315lbs. My spotter un-racked the weight for me, and I smoked it for 3 white lights. I told the judges table I was attempted 340lbs. for my second attempt. This would be a raw meet record for me. My spotter un-racked the weight for me, and again I smoked the weight for 3 white lights. I was not sure where to go for the next attempt. After very briefly discussing the decision with my training partners, I told the judges I would attempt 355lbs. Again, my spotter un-racked the weight for me. It didn't come up as fast as the previous attempt, but I received 3 white lights. I set a new raw bench pr of 355lbs.
I was not sure how my deadlift was going to go. Only once in my training session did I attempt 500lbs. I warmed up fairly well. I was 5th in my flight of thirteen. I opened at 455lbs. This was very conservative. I easily got 3 white lights. I told the judges I wanted 500lbs. Again, this was very conservative. I easily got 3 white lights again. This set a new raw pr for me. I asked for 530lbs. on my third attempt. This weight went up a little slower than the previous attempt. With very little struggle, I again got 3 white lights and a new raw deadlift pr.
My meet totals were 525 (tied my pr) in the squat/355 (raw pr) in the bench/530 (raw pr) in the deadlift. Meet total of 1,410lbs. This was the highest total of the meet by 10lbs. I had the biggest squat of the meet. I had the biggest 3 lift bench of the meet. My deadlift was middle of the pack.
Overall it was a great meet for me. Meet total pr, along with my bench and deadlift pr's. I'm not sure when I will be competing again. Hopefully sometime in the spring, 2015.
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Dr. Infurna is an active powerlifter and thrower. He has recently shifted his focus to training for Triathlon races. His next race is the Rochester Sprint Triathlon at the end of August, 2019.