Home from Alaska!!
The meet was wonderful, I am SO happy that I went out and competed! I got some solid platform experience in and learned a great deal about competing, cutting weight, and lifting under pressure. It was great. The best part is, because I got a total at this meet, I have officially qualified for 2014 Raw Nationals in Denver!! Woo!! I’ve also been invited to lift with team SSPT and of course I will be doing so 🙂 I am SUPER PSYCHED about Nationals — particularly about competing with some of the same athletes I met in Alaska. Yes I just got home, but man, I am really looking forward to the next few months of training!
Chillin with Rob (the meet director), his kids, and Jenny Nocas (Visiting lifter form Colorado)
It was a really great trip and it was so inspiring to lift with some of the strongest women in the sport. Honestly, I can’t express how amazing it was to see these girls lift! Even though I didn’t place in competition, this was one of the first meets that I had actual competition… and they just knocked me out of the park! It actually felt really good to be the weakest person in the room — it is a good inspiration for how much I can grow in this sport.
Jenny (2nd place 181), Krysten (1st place 132), and Myself
So here’s the recap:
Weight: 72.9K (75Kilo weight class)
Ooof! May I never eat a whole lemon ever again!!
I was very anxious about making weight because I had been weighting 166# normally, and knew all month that my period would start the day of the meet (which usually puts me around 168-169#). So, I was proactive to try to loose a couple pounds and watched what I ate for the past couple weeks. My goal was to get to around 162 so that I could grow into my period weight and hit 165 for the meet. While I really wasn’t that strict on myself diet wise… my plan worked a little too well and I ended up weighing around 160 every morning the week before the meet (a little light). I wasn’t too worried about being low because I was expecting to put 5 pounds on with my period. Well, I got my period as expected but it didn’t bring any water weight (probably because of the water cut (that I realize in hindsight I probably shouldn’t have done)). Anyway, live and learn. I weighed in light — 5 pounds under weight and 9 pounds lighter than my last period. It took me all day to get my weight back up and I think my lifting suffered from this.
Team “Mountain Time” Carbs up!
105, Good – easy but harder than I was expecting
112.5, Good – (meet PR) Kind of hard and I should have taken my 3rd attempt down from my planed attempts after this, but I didn’t listen to my gut.
120, Miss. Got pinned. I just didn’t have the strength in me.
50K, Good – (meet PR) easy
42.5K, Good – (meet PR) easy
55K, Miss – I got the weight up, but I missed the lift because my butt came off the bench. I think had a not lost so much weight this would have been a fine lift. But I was just feeling weak.
125K, Miss – I made the lift fine, but I am a jackass and wasn’t wearing shoes. This was a really really really dumb mistake. I TOTALLY forgot that you need to wear shoes to deadlift and just didn’t plan for this. I guess since I switched to socks in training I just didn’t even consider that I needed to get shoes to lift in (or slippers). Either way, I guess they didn’t notice it to stop me from lifting, and I just went up and pulled it. Easy weight, but they didn’t give it to me. I am assuming because of the socks. The meet director said it could have been something else, but it seems quite obvious that it was the socks. Thankfully, I got to borrow some shoes from one of my fellow SSPT lifters.
132.5K, Good – Slower but no issues.
137.5K, Good – (Meet PR, Personal PR) Obviously, after the way things had gone at this point I was not going to try for 308 and I am SO glad I didn’t haha. This was actually quite intense! I laid it all on the floor was a screaming maniac haha. But, GOOD LIFT! I was really proud of this lift and I hope it marks the end of my injured back drama.
The best news of the day. ALMOST NO BACK PAIN! A teensy bit after benching, but that’s it.
After the past few months of back issues I am so happy with this meet, even if I only got 6/9 lifts. While this meet may not be a great competition performance by any means I feel like it is a very accurate portrayal of where I am in my training right now… a little unsure about my body and very out of practice. I am really looking forward to moving forward with a healthy back and enjoying the benefits of more consistent training.
p.s. ALASKA IS BEAUTIFUL!!!
P.P.S. Thanks so much for all the support from my WordPress friends — You guys may not realize it but your regular comments and words of encouragement really do mean a lot to me 🙂