Planning on lifting 6x a week and continuing pretty much the same program but will need to do some serious rethought of the squattings. OTOH, what I did over the last month or so before the meet seemed to work pretty well, I just didn’t do that for long enough. Plan to take Tuesdays off and so next time I’ll lift will be Wednesday. In the meantime I’ll talk about the meet for a few days until you are all thoroughly sick of my anecdotes and overanalysis.
Squat: I don’t understand the deal with the monolift. If you’ve never used a monolift, yes, you might want to walk the weight out instead. I use a monolift about 1-2 x a year. It’s not hard. You just get under it and lift it and don’t walk back. If you put your feet in the wrong place because you’re stupid, you can still shuffle around to your heart’s content before you get the “Squat” command. I find it much harder to get used to the thick and inflexible squat bar.
My last warmup was with 405. Then they suddenly announced “We’re not taking a 5 minute break after this flight like with all the others, so Coachmas, you’re fourth to squat” So I had about 3-4 minutes of rest before I was on the platform under 430. It was really easy. So easy that when I took 470, I didn’t set up properly. And got stuck in the hole by it. This demoralized me, but I retook 470, this time with good concentration, but also a deal of apprehension. Got it, but the spotter grabbed the bar, then let it go, because I’d (for some insane reason) opened my left hand. Got two red lights though I made the lift. Asked judges why. They said because the spotter touched the weight. Spotter told head judge that he hadn’t provided help (trust me, he hadn’t, it just flustered me). Judge passed the lift.
So way to get a 5 lb PR from last year basically on an appeal. So every hour I spent training – only counting the last six months – put 0.013 pounds on my squat. Awesome use of my time.
Had a big home advantage because I live 4 minutes from the gym. Went home 3 times. Probably the only guy in history to do the dishes during a powerlifting meet, and one of a select few to change a diaper. Always got nervous and came back after an hour or so, even though I’d exchanged phone numbers with George’s wife so she could call me if they decided to do something crazy. Still better than being stuck there for 12 hours like most other people. Flights had 15-20 people in them, there were four flights and each flight took at least an hour. So I squatted at noon, benched at 4:30, and finished deadlifting at 8:55 PM.
Because 80+ lifters and each had at least one spectator on average, and the lay out of the gym, even when I was there, I was sitting in the warmup area and not watching lifting. Out of 80x3x3 = 720 lifts, I watched less than ten other lifts besides my own. Oh wait, I did watch one round of benches in the 1st flight.
Because 90 year old guys benching 75 lbs is inspiring. Because 114 lb female lifters in backless bench shirt and workboots are hot. And sometimes you can see camel toe when they lie on the bench.