The wife and I took off for C-bus early
Thursday morning and touched down about noon without any problems. I was
about 6lb over at that time, and was already carb depleting so, I kept
it the same and let the weight continue to come off as I slowly cut down
my water. No lasix or sweating, but I did pass on some meals that I
was really missing. I woke up and headed over the weighin and hit
273.5, and was ready to grub down.
I ate all day, and immediately
got most of my weight back to the training amount of 283. I chilled for
the most part, but did shoot over to the Arnold expo, which looking
back was stupid, and I should have been resting. Oh well, I hate sitting
around. Got into bed by 10pm, and slept pretty well.
were in the third flight, so I had plenty of time to get loose, warm-up
and get focused. I really liked the set-up of the meet, and the stage
and everything. The only thing I wasn’t crazy about, which I mentioned
to danny, was the surface in the warm-up room. Very hard to stay tight
as the weight got heavier, but you roll with it.
warming up, and for whatever reason, my left hip and knee were feeling
off. My fault, as I didn’t roll Thursday, or Friday, because I left my
roller at home, and my body is used to lots of soft tissue therapy. I
did roll that morning, quite a bit, but that apparently wasn’t enough.
As the weight got heavier, the pain and tightness increased.
mistake I made, not anyone else, was warming up too early and being
ready too early. I’ve done 40 meets, and I should know that if I’m last
in a flight of 15, that I should take my last warmup around the early
part of my flight. I didn’t, and had about 30-40 minutes between my
opener and last warm-up. The more I sat the tighter I got.
1100 – Just high. This rep was garbage and I was all over the place
and my hip was pissed. Afterward, I had my guys coat my ass with heat
crème, and let it warm-up for the next attempt.
Retake 1100 – Smoked.
This felt a lot better, so I was going to make a conservative jump
with 1135 on a third, but wasn’t totally confident in my now back and
hip issue, so I had my team of 4 handlers do a ton of soft tissue
therapy on my Ham, Back, Glute, calf and hip, while I laid on the
ground. Although this felt better at the time, once I got up, I was
really feeling like #h#t. I didn’t care though, and needed to suck it
Third 1135 – Passed. Yarmybash missed his third on depth, so I
wisely passed since my biggest threat just took care of himself. I was
wrapped, strapped and belted, but walked away and knew 1100 was enough
as long as I could get a few lifts in.
Bench sucked for me,
but I hit what I needed to, and passed on my third. It was about winning
and not about PR’s. I had zero leg drive, and was getting off of the
bench like an old man leaving an “asian spa”, each time. Freaking
Opener – 750, good.
Second – 770, good.
Third – pass
this point, I did some numbers (the wife and I) and, figured out the
minimum I need to pull to win the overall, without being stupid. My
allotment of pain meds was exceeded, so I was on my own, but not without
the help of the chiro that was hanging out at the meet, who popped my
hip back in 3x. I owe him, and if you’re reading this, thank you so
much. The only problem with that is: bones are slaves to muscles.
Meaning if something is tight, it will get pulled right back out of
whack until the muscle is addressed.
It was time to deadlift
around 5:30pm, and this was honestly the truest mental test that I’ve
had in the 10 years of competing in this sport. I was totally trashed,
and couldn’t put on my shoes, not reach the ground to get my socks, but I
needed to go 3/3 and pull 650, 700(to almost secure win no matter
what), 730, to totally ensure it.
Opener – 650, good. Ego
killer, but it was easy. I actually did a DL medley since I pulled 565
in the back, and then I was suddenly on deck since I dropped my DL
opener so much. No worries, thanks Josh LOL.
Second – 700, good.
Third – 730, good and for the win. Not a hard lift, but I paid for it and still am as I write this and my left leg is dead.
ended up at a nice and round, but not satisfying 2600. A win is a win.
The meet was like the Daytona 500 with lots of wrecks, jet fuel fires,
metal, gas cans and bombouts, so it was really anyones to win, as long
as they lifted smart and got in the meet.
I have to say,
that even though I didn’t hit a single PR, winning the meet is much more
satisfying that any WR, or total that I’ve hit. This is something that
I really learned the hard way in 2006 vs Frankl in the Semi finals/WPC
worlds. I was beating him after my opening DL, and got greedy and
wanted a 2400 total, instead of making a tiny jump to secure the win,
and I missed it 2x, and he tied me, and won on BW. I got to tell you,
even though I hit a 75lb PR total at that meet, broke Chuck V’s 5 year
standing 1025 squat record with a 1030… all that didn’t mean shit and
I’m still not over it. Titles and wins last forever, numbers and
records will always change. This time around I didn’t let it even get
close to that far, and applied it from the second that I hit my retake
on 1100, and saw everyone missing their squats.
I want to
thank Danny for putting on a great meet, and getting it back to where it
belongs on the highest stage. The judging was very good, and what it
should be. No buddies in the chairs, nobody getting hugs or high fives
after lifts. Just straight up tight judging, either good, or no good,
the way it needs to be IMO. I can wait to see how much it grows and
improves in the next year. Good on Danny, Gene and everyone else for
making this great idea, happen.
Thanks to everyone for their
support this time around. Josh Bryant for the help, I’ve learned so
much and the same to Frankl. I didn’t PR on any lifts, but even while
being hurt, my conditioning was much improved. Thanks to Kiefer for the
diet and supp help, and thanks to Team Samson and the fellas for the
place to train and support system. Thanks to my wife my all of the help,
as I cant say enough about how much she helps me at meets and in every
single way. Thanks to Katelyn and Dr. Amy/ Dr. D for all of the help
this training cycle, and thanks to all of the fellas that came along
this weekend and helped me – Keith, Steve, and Tony. Thanks to Dave
Tate and Elitefts for all of the help and support in the many ways that
they provide it for me, and the team. Thanks to Marc and Spudinc for
the belts and straps.
Congrats to all of the lifts this
weekend, especially Jeremy Frey, Chad Walker, Clint Smith, Marshall
Johnson, Justin Healy, Larry Brown and everyone else that I had the
pleasure to hang with this weekend. Sorry if I missed anyone, and please
let me know if you need anything.
Bigger numbers on the
way, and I’m looking to do APF Seniors in June, to qualifty for WPC
worlds in Vegas. I just need some rest for now!