This is my second big contest in three weeks and was excited to go to Dallas since I have never been there before. I flew in late Thursday and made weight at 230.2 lbs wearing shorts and a t-shirt.
Was feeling a bit anxious on Friday morning and was not able to eat much; decided to head over to the expo early.
Log Clean & Press:
The weight was 280-285 lbs using Williams Strength logs, clean each rep. I managed to press out six reps in about 45 seconds then regroup and forced out a 7th rep just before time expired. 1st Place
The car was a full size (Toyota Camry) so the handles were pushed out a bit and raised by about an inch. A few people were struggling with the car in warm-ups so I decided not to try it until it counts. Because of the win on the log I was able to go last on the deadlift and the number to beat was 5 reps. Pulled a clean six reps for the win and then stopped. Mike Johnston got the crowd into it and everyone was cheering for another rep so I went back and pulled a 7th before time expired. 1st Place.
Going into day two I was in 1st Place by three points.
The yoke was loaded to 790-795 lbs and the course was about 60-65 feet. I just wanted to finish without any drops rather than make a big mistake. Completed the course without a drop but my time was 18 seconds which gave me 3rd place.
The implements were a 325 log, 310 axle, 150 dumbbell, and 250 lbs block. I managed to press the log, axle, and dumbbell in under 30 seconds so decided to give the block a try. When I went to clean the block I smashed myself in the chin with it on the second attempt. Eventually got it cleaned but was exhausted and was not able to complete the press. 1st Place
Farmers / Sled Medley:
The farmers walk was 320 lbs for 65 feet and then the sled was about 750 lbs. If you did not finish the farmers you would zero the event. At this point I had a two point lead in the overall but if I did not complete this event I would not be able to recover with only one event left, and I had never done a farmers this heavy. On the first pick I made it 50-55 feet, took a breath and finished the farmers! Grabbed the sled and was only able to move it a few feet but went over and wiped off my shoes then pulled the sled about 30 feet before time expired. 2nd Place
The stones were 300, 330, 360, 390, and 420 to 52" (spaced out boxes). All of the stones were brand new and did not have any tacky on them. I loaded the first three stones with pretty good speed but was not able to get the 390 lapped since my hands were dusty and tacky was gone. This event was very close and I pulled out the win by .03 seconds. 1st Place
I took home 1st Place and the Pro Card! This contest also qualified me for the 2011 Arnold Amateur World Championships.
There are too many people to thank but I really appreciate all of the support and encouragement from my training partners, friends, and family (and of course AtLarge Nutrition). I am looking forward to competing at the next level.
awesome meet man congrats again on the pro card!
B: 255x1 DL: 375x1 SQ: work in progress
Goals: B-275 D-400 S-275 Weight- 180
Awesome Tom well done mate you must be dead chuffed!
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Great write up.
Best Lifts unequipped
Best lifts Equipped
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Goals as of 2/08/11 (current) goal:
Squat: (505) 535, Deadlift: (475) 500, Bench: (325) 350 Total: 1305 (1385)
BW: 225 as of 02/01/2011 Goal: 205 by May 1, 2011
Geat Job Tom! Looking forward to the videos.
Best unequipped meet lifts - 120kg Open class
Training since Dec 2008.
Talked to a guy yesterday that watched you compete. He said you didn't just win...you smoked it!
Great job Tom! I can't tell you how glad I am for you. That is just too cool!
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Way to go Tom!
750/500/690 APF Elite @ 242
Bench Only - Multi Ply SPF - 600 @ 275 (251)
Bench Only - Single Ply USAPL - 501 @ 275 (255)
Bench Only - Single Ply SPF - 550 @ 259 (257)
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611 MISS ATTEMPT AT THE 2008 BP NATIONALS
562lb DRUG-FREE COMPETITION BENCH PRESS
491 COMPETITION UNEQUIPPED BENCH PRESS
2008 & 2009 NASA PRO BENCH PRESS CHAMPION
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lookin very strong bro!!!
Congrates on the win and PR's!