Yesterday was my first meet. Though I’m training for a meet in July, I wanted to get at least a little experience under my belt. Yesterday, June 7, there was a small local meet done for charity put on by Crossfit Alexandria. That’s why there wasn’t much to post about this week. I took the last couple of days off to be rested for the meet.
Even though I competed yesterday, my intent was not go out and hit PRs. I talked to my coach, and we agreed I should hold back a little since I want to do my best next month. I chose a light opener and my second and third attempts were what I expect my first and second attempts to be at the USAPL Louisiana Summer Classic on July 12. This makes yesterday basically a really heavy day for me, and I’ll be back to my training tomorrow.
There were a couple of surprises. First, the meet was outside. I knew that it would be hot, but it’s hard to be truly prepared for Louisiana summer heat in direct sunlight when you’re lifting hard. We were in 90 degree heat, and we were lifting in direct sunlight. I ended up with a light sunburn, and I felt drained by the time I did my second attempt on squats. The sun just sucked everything out of everyone. The only people who didn’t move slow were the judges. That raised another issue.
I’ve been to meets before, but this was a pretty small meet, so everything went really fast. My girlfriend was also lifting. This meet was classic raw, so it allowed knee wraps. She doesn’t have her own wraps, so we were sharing mine. However, because there were so few people lifting, I was basically finishing my squat and immediately running over to her to wrap her up. As soon as she finished I was running back to the men’s side and only resting for about sixty seconds before having to start wrapping myself again. That was kind of a nightmare. I ran into a problem on her second attempt. For some reason I still don’t know my hands started cramping really bad. I could barely close them. As I went to wrap her knees a second time, I found that I couldn’t tie off the wrap like I needed. They actually called her to lift with her walking up to the bar trying to finish off the tie by herself. She got it, and she got her lift. Still, it was a real problem, and I felt bad about the situation. She ended up wrapping her own knees on her last lift, and she’s never done that, resulting in the wrapping not being very good. It’s hard not to feel somewhat responsible for her missing her last squat attempt. (Not that it mattered much as her her successful second attempt at 275 was more than 100 lbs over the next closest female squat.)
The bench had it’s own set of issues. I’ve been practicing significant pauses at the bottom, so I was ready for that. What I wasn’t ready for was the pause at the top. I had to hold the weight for several seconds before I was allowed to lower it to my chest. As I always take a big breath before I unrack and hold it throughout the lift, I found I was running out of air before I was even given the command to press the weight off my chest. Even so, it was a huge surprise when I missed my last attempt. What should have been smooth and quick just died on my chest. I can’t be sure how long it was before I was from the unrack to the press command at the bottom, but a friend of mine said it was at least three seconds on each hold, and it was likely more. That’s a long time to hold the weight and your breath in the blistering heat. I was really disappointed in myself. I know I’ll be practicing that top hold a lot this next week.
There’s not a lot to say about the deadlifts. They were easy. Every set was easy. I can’t help but think that I should have done more, but I kept to my plan to leave about 40 lbs off. Unfortunately, I think I left more. My third attempt was fast and light. I just should have done more.
In the end I got third out of six guys, and I’m cool with that, because I would have gotten the same place even had I hit a PR on every attempt. The two guys who got first and second were much more experienced and much stronger. They were just beasts. I’m glad I had the chance to lift with them and learn from what they were doing.
The meet was definitely a success. I had a great time, my girlfriend not only won the women’s, she just devastated it. She beat second place by something like 200 lbs in the total. It was nuts. That girl is amazing.