The perfect powerlifting meet

I am still digesting all the emotions from my second powerlifting meet that took place on September 15 2018. I competed in the 60kg junior class in a meet of all female lifters.

Post-competition blues don’t seem to be an issue with me because I don’t actually place a lot of emphasis on the competition day, but rather the difficult process of getting to that day. I am all in for the callouses, sweat and tears and even sometimes pee.

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The gym was so hot I think everyone dropped a weight class by 3pm.

So allow me to recap the day and what all this really means to me. Because no one actually signs up for a powerlifting meet to just show people they can lift weights.

I had exactly 4 goals for this meet.
  1. Weight in between 58 and 59 kilos
  2. PR on deadlift
  3. Total 290kg
  4. Successfully complete all second attempt lifts

Weigh Ins

I was walking around at 58-59kg and then dehydrated to 57kg for my last meet. Now I was 61kg at 6 weeks out. This would mean sacrificing strength to get back down to 57kg.

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The sassy face I gave waiting for rack command because I missed it on my opener.

I am a confident dieter just because of years of unfortunate experience.  I immediately took control and cut down very slowly to 59.5kg. I dropped some water weight in the last week to make sure I successfully made it to my goal… and I did at 58.6kg.

Deadlift PR

I honestly thought I was going to faint while warming up for deadlifts, the gym was unbelievably hot and I could not cool down.

But I knew that this was what I was here for. I signed up to redeem myself so I would do just that. I just kept saying in my head: “I came for this and nothing else”

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Being dramatic because it is an unofficial rule that everyone must have a set up routine.

So I stood in front of the turbo fans before each lift, gave my belt a good slap, and literally hit all 3 attempts like I was pulling 90%.

Deadlifts have always been a weakness. I used to give up as soon as I noticed the weight not moving. But I developed a new cue right where right before the initial pull I just think PATIENCE. Alas, I hit consecutive PRs smoother than (vegan) butter.

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Let’s take in the irony of 2 vegan powerlifters and a Bacon vs Nobody shirt in the back

Total 290kg

I surpassed with 292.5kg. Not much to say here other than I am glad I stayed conservative with the goal. Knowing my PRs had clean form means my strength has actually sky rocketed far beyond my expectations.

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242.5lbs squat did not even feel heavy on my back. I was speechless.

This only gives me fire to go back into the gym and continue improving.

Second attempts

I made this a goal because missing my second squat at my first meet really messed me up mentally. I was determined to not let that happen again.

The powerlifting Gods decided to test me on this with bench. I will admit I didn’t care for my bench performance at this meet. I made my second attempt the final attempt from my last meet…. and boy did I struggle.

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The entire ascent took a full 10 seconds. It paused, I fought, it paused, I fought… over and over and over until I got it up. I caught a glimpse of a ruined total and decided I would rather have my arm snap off than bail the lift.

I got 3 white lights. I have no damn idea what happened, but I am so glad it did.

Oh the places you’ll go….

This meet was absolutely perfect even though I had strength left in the tank, didn’t PR my bench and weighed in heavier than my last meet. It was perfect because I did exactly what I set out to do.

The longer you lift you realize that not everything is going to happen all at once and at the same speed.

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How I got my knee sleeves over my calves is still a mystery.

Fighting with myself through a year of mediocre deadlifts and seeing incremental to no progress almost broke me several times. I know ALL about emotional breakdowns in gym bathrooms.

2017 was about getting comfortable with my strength and allowing my body to grow. 2018 has taught me patience, commitment and perseverance. I have learned to see the lifts through, I have learned to trust myself, my programming, my abilities and it really showed at this meet.

I can not wait to see what my body and my mind are capable of in 2019.

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Bar is loaded.

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