The "Free the Iron" Powerlifting meet was held in Hayward, California on July 13th, 2019. The host gym was Iron Warehouse and it was their debut event.
I participated in the "Full Power" category meaning I would have 9 lifts, three each in the Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift. There are other categories such as Bench Press Only OR Deadlift Only. However Full Power is the most popular. I successfully lifted 6 out of my 9 lifts.
(caption: heading out at 2:30pm)
MY SQUAT. Ugh. My nemesis. This has been my weakest lift of the three. Getting older is creating new challenges. Last year my knees would bother me during heavy squats. This year I have an issue on getting enough depth. I have been constantly switching between high bar squat and low bar squat trying to find my optimization. My shoes are adidas weightlifting shoes with elevated heels.
At the meet I was able to do all 3 lifts 95, 105 and 115kg. 115kg is a new Competition P.R. for me! If I didn`t need to go beyond parallel to the floor I could easily hit 125kg (275 lbs) but of course that is not going to work during competition.
(caption: bar needs to touch chest with no movement and you must wait for the `Press` command)
BENCH PRESS: I previously had the California State Bench Press Record in my Masters Weight Class. It held for about 18 months. I want to reclaim it! Training for the bench was painful. For the past 10 days I have had a clavicle bruise or some type of minor injury to a chest tendon. This did not stop me from going all out at the meet. I was able to hit 90, 95kg, failed on 102.5kg The head judge seemed to be slow giving the press call. It was practically a full second with the bar touching my chest. (it felt like it) 102.5kg probably elevated about 3 inches off my chest and I held that M..F..er for about 6 seconds before the bar began to decend. If this lift was successful it would have been a new California Raw Bench Press Masters Record in the 45+ and 50+ 66kg classes.
(caption: hitting 395 unofficially a few weeks ago)
DEADLIFT: I thought I had this. I hit 395 pounds about 10 days ago and thought the new record would be in the bag. Even though I still hold the current record of 172.5kg/380 lbs, I need to set it higher! My first attempt at 160kg went up fairly easy. My next attempt was 172.5kg. It felt heavy, I cheated and paid the consequences. 2 red flags, no lift. I didn`t realize it, but I hitched the bar (look it up if you don`t know what this is). For my last lift I decided to go for a new record at 175kg./386 lbs.
This last lift was the craziest lift ever for me! I have never worked so hard. Getting the bar off the floor was slow and as soon as it past my knees it was all about thrusting my hips forward. I managed to straighten out and finish the lift. But it was NO LIFT! 2 red flags. I hitched again! It was a brutal torture that lasted like 15 seconds, felt like eternity. The crowd was great and supportive yelling "UP! UP!"