A few weeks ago I decided that I would compete at an event (IronWars) that I've been putting together for the last 4-5 months. I knew it could turn out to be a pain in the ass but also knew I needed to knock the rust off. Fortunately I have recently taken on a partner to help run our meets and was confident he could handle it.
I didn't take squat or dead openers as it was a bit too close when I decided to compete and I already had a pretty good idea where I was at. I took my bench opener (500) 8 days out and missed it. I hadn't missed that in more than a year so it was a bit unnerving. By the next day I had the flu (which explained the missed opener) and it held on til last Wednesday. At this point I had no delusions about setting PR's but still needed to knock the rust off and honestly had never competed in my own gym as I had been the coordinator for most of the meets we'd had.
I didn't cut for the meet and weighed in at 253 which was a few pounds light (usually around 255-256 in the morning) for me so I upped the sodium and pounded starchy foods and pasta most of the day. By next morning I stepped on the scale at 259!
After stretching, warming up to 625 and smoking it I decided to bump my opener to 705.
1st- 705 good
2nd- 733 got forward and missed.
3rd- 733 Good! Smoke show for an 11# PR! Definitely had another 30-40# left in the tank .
I originally decided to open with 450ish after missing 500 the week prior, but bumped it to 490 after feeling good in the warm-up.
1st- 490 good- Felt a pop in my pec on the way down but was able to press it easily. It went up so fast it I almost threw it in the rack!
2nd- 512 Good, Easy PR!!
3rd- Scratch. I know I had at least 530 but decided to shut it down after my pec started to throb a bit. I'll save the big press for the WCO in December. My press has honestly never felt so strong and I'm not taking any chances!
At this point my subtotal was 1245 and my energy was fairly depleted as I don't think I had fully recovered from the plague I had earlier in the week. I needed 705 if I as going to break 1950 and warm ups felt a bit tough. So after some consideration I took my last warm-up @ 605 and bumped my opener to 705. I know this likely sounds a bit crazy but I figured I was so tired that I might only get one shot at anything over 675ish.
1st- 705 Good! Easier than I thought it would be!
2nd- 733 miss at mid thigh, almost had it!
3rd-decided to call it a day
Well after having the flu and weighing in 15 pounds lighter than my last meet I still managed to PR finishing the day with 733, 512, 705 for 1951 on the day and a good deal left on the platform!
Next stop 2000+ in Dec!!!