Competed this weekend
Opened with a 550 bench, nailed it. Since my best at 275 is 570, plus I had the best lift in my weight class well in hand, I went right for the 600. Anywhere between 575 and 595 would be pretty unsatisfying for me anyway. Missed the 2nd and 3rd attempts at lockout.
I have been chasing 600 raw in my third weight class for a year now. I am not angry or frustrated, just hungry. I want that number so I am enlisting some help. I emailed Josh Bryant to see if he would be avaialable to take over my training. I was thrilled to hear he could take me on. I know he works with a number of high level strength athletes. He has two benchers well into the 600's raw. I am excited to say the least.
Josh told me to unwind for a few weeks. I don't really know what that means. I have followed the cycle of training then competing for as long as I can remember. I guess it's time for an off season. For the next two weeks I am going to work on my gpp and conditioning. Then I am just going to train until Josh thinks I am prepared to accomplish my goal.
Thanks to Josh Flores for doing a great job handling me that day. He stepped up in every way. Lift offs were never a concern. I also want to thank Rhodes for making the trip down to support me, broken wing and all. Jason Knobler put on a good meet. There were around 61 lifters in a tight space, but it was run well. Thanks for the support from UPC guys and Morgan as well as the Refuge crew including Nick, Brian, Adam, and the gang.
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