Hey guys! My Push-Pull meet went pretty well this past Sunday! I was more nervous this time (I'll talk about it below!), and the overall energy at this meet was different than the last (less exciting/less adrenaline), but I managed to hit a new personal max on both bench and deadlift, as well as beat the current Massachusetts state records for my weight class!
So, ya, I was more nervous this time. You would think I would've been less nervous because I already knew the drill, knew what to expect, and had competed before. Well, the stakes were higher this time I guess, and I also put a lot of pressure on myself. For my non-powerlifting friends, the better and more competitive you get/want to be in the sport, the less often you compete. It takes time to put on muscle and gain strength, so more competitive Powerlifters usually only compete a couple times a year, with a good amount of time between meets to actually get stronger and make gains. Since I just competed in June, I knew I wasn't going to see major increases in my lifts for this meet, but instead, I wanted to give myself a chance to get a better deadlift number on record.
Here's a little tangent/background on my deadlift for you guys! Deadlift is my weakest lift, and it's going to be a huge focus in the months ahead. My all-time max has been 315 for a long, long time. At my meet in June, I opened with 297, then jumped to 308 and it went up fast. I was convinced to just go for 325, based on how easily 308 went up, but I ended up missing 325 and 308 was my final deadlift result. I am still mad about this because I wish I had just jumped up to 315, met my all time max, and just increased my total a little bit. So, my number one goal for this meet was to hit my 315 deadlift at the meet. My second goal was to meet the Massachusetts record for deadlift (319.7) in my weight class at a lower bodyweight, which I did!!
SO ANYWAYS, my openers were high (I was opening with my last meet PR for bench, and my all time PR for deadlift). My coach and I planned my openers this way because my goal was to beat these numbers at this meet, and since I do better with smaller jumps, that's what I needed to do. Luckily, it all worked out, but I was pretty nervous during my opening lifts, and didn't really get a chance to get my nerves out and build my confidence up like last time, when my openers were pretty low.
This was my plan for the day (bench numbers are on the left, deadlift on the right obviously!)
OPENERS: high like we talked about above
Bench-> one pound over my all-time max
Deadlift-> five pounds over my all-time max, and the current state record
SOOO, the pressure was on!
3rd ATTEMPTS: reaches, but they were planned that way so that if I happened to miss my second attempt, I could go for it again. At first I was a little disappointed in not hitting either of my third attempts, but now that I have had some time to think and process the whole thing, I am proud that I even got the chance to attempt them at the meet, and that I hit my first and second attempts on the first try, despite then being heavy-for-me lifts and despite the nerves.
Here, watch it for yourself!
So my two 100% Raw Powerlifting medals hang on our whiteboard. They make me happy, and proud, but mostly they make me want to get stronger physically and mentally.
I'm meeting my coach later in the week to plan out some long term stuff, so I'll let you know what we talk about and where we go from here! Thanks for all the support xoxo
***I wanted to get this post up, but some crazy things have been going on over here before and after my meet that I can't wait to tell you all about, so stay tuned!!!