What a day. Up at 7.30 for a small breakfast, just 250g of cooked porridge and a latte - need the caffeine hit! After hitting the sauna last night I weighed in this morning at 66.8kg. 700grams under. Phew..... Finally I can eat and drink. Brought along some steamed chicken and rice and washed it down with a coffee flavored protein drink.
Both my girls came along - official photographer Leah - LOL. Was happy to see Leigh had come along to watch the comp also. As I found out he's a world champion competitor, having competed in the World Police and Fire games. So what Webby said about him have a wealth of knowledge certainly would be true! I'm impressed! Had a little chat with him after the comp. Told him that Webby had given me his number to contact him about squatting.... Apparently Webby had given my number to Leigh.... So we'll be in touch. Shaz said he was very impressed with my lifting.
So.... Let me prefix this by saying that in the MASTERS division 40-44 under 67.5 I currently hold all 3 records, squat, bench and deadlift from my first masters comp last year. So all the lifts today I did today are record breaking in the this division. The records that I mention below relate to the OPEN under 67.5 division.
First up is the squat, opened on 115kg easy. 2nd attempt 130kg easy (and an open state record!! Previously 125kg held by Shazza) 3rd attempt 140kg I went deep enough but couldn't get back up. As this was a record attempt I was allowed a 4th attempt at 140kg - failed again this time I did get it up but was not deep enough. So I know I have 140kg in me.
Next the bench press. Opened on 75kg - easy. 2nd attempt 80kg, very slow but I got it up after what felt like an eternity. Unfortunately 2 reds. One for lift my butt off the bench (damn it) the other for moving my foot - it slipped a little along the floor. Ref suggested to chalk the bottom of my shoes next time and Bazza suggested that I put my feet out wider to keep my butt down. 3rd attempt at 80kg - straight out no lift. The previous attempt wiped me out. Never mind, I know I can get 80kg! didn't bother with a 4th record attempt - better to save myself for the deadlift.
Deadlift - opened on 125kg - easy! 2nd attempt 140kg and again - easy! I planned to do 150 for my 3rd attempt but Shaz talked me into putting in for 155kg. And I got it!! This is 10kg over my gym PB and 20 kg over my RAW attempt back in November last year. Ecstatic about this lift!! my best for the day! Shazza then talked me into having a go at her OPEN state record of 165kg. So a 4th attempt at 165.5kg. I got it off the ground but had not set up well for this last attempt and tipped forward and had no way to bring it up! But I know I'll get this one at the State Open title at the end of April.
Bit of a shame I was the only masters competitor but there were two junior girls and a couple of junior guys, plus they were running a novice bench press comp - so a few competitors opted to only do the bench press this time. Still, for me, its not the trophy or the first place, its breaking records, my own personal ones and of course the state records. That is what drives me.
I'll be uploading some pics on Monday after I've sorted thru the hundreds of shots Leah took - and weeding out the pics she took of the guy she thought was cute, and if I can figure out how to do it I'll put up some clips as well.