Home Nations

imageWell here is the run down from the home nations. I went with a plan in mind and to make up for the average performance I did at the World Masters last month. The squats went ok just missed out on a 300kg attempt. That left me with a 292.5kg second lift. 2.5kgs down on my worlds. Bench I opened a bit lighter to cut back on the warm ups and with some guys (Dave and Fran) helping me with a shirt and both not to sure how it went on it was the best option in my opinion. In fairness to the guys they did a great job and the end result was a 218kg pb bench. This was also a British open and masters record not only in powerlifting but bench only. It was far better than the 210kg I did in America
With my sub total being a bit ahead off my worlds I had planned my weights out to get me a possible total that would have given me the win in America also. I know it won’t change anything other than confidence but today was a good deadlift day for me. I made 3 good deadlifts finishing on a comfortable 252.5kgs and that gave me the 762.5kg total I wanted. On another note this also gave me the Best Lifter in the men’s equipped section
It was not the best result for Wales at the Home nations but well you win some and lose some. For me it is a pleasure to lift at this event and I get to represent Wales for a change off GB. For the guys who made it to Ashington it was a great weekend and a pleasure to lift amongst you. Big shout out to James Mcgill and Fred Mckenzie and their crew for a top class event.
Since the worlds I have had a look at a few thing I have done and changed and think it is fair to say there were a few things I should have done and neglected.
Since that is the last comp for the year and now I can have time to think about what I need to change about and what will work best for me. The British is not until February and despite it being a while away I am sure the way time is flying it will be here.

World Masters and Silver

World Masters.
Well here it goes. Having not lifted before in America it was a great experience and very memorable in more ways than one. The last week towards the comp my body weigh was fine and was probably the best it has been for a long time now. I made weight comfortably on the day and was not dehydrated or starving.
Squats went well despite missing my last one on 305kgs. A clip on the rack on the way up knocked my balance and despite feeling that the weight was ok I did not make it.
Bench well what can I say I lost my upper body strength somewhere so if anyone finds it please give it back. Missing my opener off 210kgs and then having to retake it again was a pain in the ass. Then i went onto missing my third also. Deadlifts well if I am honest the last few sessions I had done were not the best at all for someone with small fat hands I have to work on grip and pulling as fast as possible. My last deadlift off 255kgs was a weight I have lifted a million times. However this day it was not to be. I dropped out just above the knees. Anyway the medal count was. Gold on the squat and bench. Bronze in the deadlift the strange thing for me is that I seem to be getting on the platform for deadlift medals at quite a few internationals these days. Not bad for someone who is not a natural deadlifter image
So what’s next. Well lots off grip work that’s for sure I really need to start to work on that again and keep into off that, missing weights I can pull is just a big fat no no.

 

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Also can I say a big Thank You to Titan Support Systems for the kit I received at the Worlds. They have supported me with Kit for some time now and it is all top class.
Well next up for me comp wise is the home nations in a few weeks. This time I will be lifting for Wales and it is always a pleasure to be selected for this comp, there is a fun side to this also lots of friendly banter whilst the lifting is going on.