We woke up at around 6:30, i always get up and shower before a meet. I like to feel so fresh and so clean clean. I gathered all my shit together. It seemed like I was packing for a trip I had so much crap, all this to lift weights! Squat suit, dead lift suit, briefs, bench shirt, knee wraps, wrist wraps, suit slippers, sleeve slippers, squat shoes, dead lift shoes, dead lift socks, bench shoes, bench socks Gatorade, granola bars, subway sandwich, ipod, headphones, cell phone charger, ipod charger, and my belt! There is a possibility I'm forgetting something, but you get the idea. Bert and I wanted to eat so we found a little diner close to the venue. I got some eggs and sausage and called it good. I saw a "black belt" threaten to beat up a booth of kids, so the day already started off pretty eventful, especially for 7 in the morning. I then proceeded to see every person over age 65 greet each other and act as if they hadn't seen one another in years, but I'm sure it was just yesterday that they had the same interactions! I paid my bill, checked out the Obama 0 dollar bill and headed on my way.
I arrived at the meet feeling pretty good. I prefer to warm up for a long time as I am used to being in gear for hours and it doesn't bother me. I began warming up with the first flight even though I was in the second. This began at around 7:30am, I started with the bar, walls squats, and foam rolling. I try to keep it somewhat close to a normal day if I can.
This is the first time, in a long time, that my last warm up didn't scare the living shit out of me. Most of the time my legs feel like jello, I'm loose as hell in the hole, and my confidence is shot. I don't know if I had been having shitty pre-meet nutrition or what, but I felt amazing. I had a person wrapping me, Joseph Daviea, who had never wrapped me before. He started wrapping me on the 650 so we could work the kinks out of what he was used to giving and what I liked. Ill be honest with you, when he first started I was a bit skeptical because it wasn't as tight as I had liked it and it was taking him awhile to get it done. I didn't lose hope because we had my opener and 2nd to get it finished before the third.
The wrap on this one was good, we didn't however, get my straps set the way I liked them. They were a touch loose, but I got the lift anyways. I opted to make a fairly large jump considering the lift was easy and I knew I had some lbs that I had given up from the straps.
We got the wrap even tighter and it was done quicker than before. We got my straps jacked as shit, I felt perfect!
Smoker! Felt better and was faster than the first! I asked the gentleman taking the attempts what he thought I should do. He asked what my best was and I said that was it. He said go up 2 kilos, I was like, "You obviously didn't see it, give me 860."
I instructed Joseph that I wanted him to try and hurt me on this wrap and that my straps were going to need to be tighter. I'm fairly confident the scabs on my legs, from 1 week ago, were from this set because they were blisteringly tight! This one was heavy and I almost fell back after un racking it. Its not as noticeable on video as thought, but most of the time it never is. I got it, which gave me a 50lb squat pr!
Bench I began warming up early on this one as well, about midway through the first flight.
I would've opened lighter but I was having trouble touching the lower weights and I knew I would be good for this, so I opted to open a little heavier for the sake of getting the bar down easier. It was very easy, no video, so I made a reasonable jump that would be a decent PR and set me up for 501.
This too was pretty easy, so I opted to make the jump!
This is a number that I have been chasing for a long time. Its a number that is long overdue and if Rick were alive, he would've told me how this should've been done 3 years ago! I don't think I would've gotten it if there was another lb on the bar, but i got it!
Warm ups always feel pretty crappy on the dead, probably because you just maxed out for 3 attempts on squat and bench LOL. I did wall squats and foam rolled as I warmed up.
660 - My grip was going on this, I thought WTF is going on, this is bullshit. I noticed my hands weren't gripping like normal so I cleaned them off with water and dried them because I thought I had maybe gotten baby powder on them. I went over to the chalk bowl and re chalked my hands, same thing, didn't feel grippy. As i was doing this, I noticed Dave Kirschen had dropped his second attempt DL. I asked him what happened, he said he didn't know, he couldn't hold on. I again washed my hands with water and let everyone know I thought there was baby powder in the bowl. Got some chalk from a box and chalked up, it felt normal. 1 min later they dumped the bowl and added all new chalk.
This felt very easy, my grip was a little sketchy at the top but I didn't think anything of it and jumped to 744 which would have been a huge pr and a 2100lb total
Miss, about 4-5 inches off the ground my hands just gave out. I was so pissed you wouldn't believe it. So much was riding on that lift and to lose it because of grip is, in my opinion, the worst reason to miss a lift. I missed a pr dead lift, a 9/9 day and a 2100lb total because my pussy hands couldn't hold on.
All in all it was a good day, prs in squat, bench and total. I will get my grip figured out, I know my hands being inflamed had something to do with it, so I will be trying some things leading up to the meet to combat that.
, Mick Manley
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