Gym and Sporting Hero Awards

Now that the break is over it is back too the grind stone so to speak. It was nice to have some time off lifting weights and rest a bit. But like all good things it has to come to an end, so the planning has started for the British Equipped champs and next year it is earlier and will be in January. Horncastle is the venue and they are going to combine it with the Equipped Bench. The last training cycle a few things changed and not really for the best if I am honest. So some careful thinking and planning for the training ahead and try to make amends on what areas I know have gone wrong and need to be addressed. So with training in mind I think it is also back to food prep, for me the biggest thing with the prep side is having the ideas for what to make and to keep the meals varied a bit more than I have done so far.
On another note I have been shortlisted for a sports award in my home city off Swansea. Next week they have what the call the sporting hero awards and I will be there. It looks like there has been several nominations or me and it is an honour to be though off that way. Hopefully I will have some more news on that front after the event.

IPF World Masters 2017, Sundsvall “The City of Dragons”

So here is the late update on the IPF World Championships in Sweden. Well the outcome was I retained the World Title. Firstly, I will say Sweden is always a great place to compete in. I won my first World title in Nassjo Sweden in 1989 as a 52Kg junior lifter many moons ago.  
So here is my run down on my lifting, bodyweight was slow coming down in the week up to the event but like always it dropped, I was just under the class weight. The biggest hurdle I will say was the early morning lift off. It was 8am our time and for me it was unheard off lifting weights at that time but then it is just part of the way things must go. My opening squat felt good and then I jumped to 300Kg for my second. After losing the grove on the lift I had to retake it again on a third attempt and I got that lift with some to spare also, just a shame I messed up the second.
Onto the bench and in the run up to the comp I had been having some issues with my shoulders, after my second attempt I had done a comfortable 207.5Kg I decided to try 222.5Kgs for a shot at the European record. Not sure just how close it was but I felt pleased with the try at that weight.
We went on to the deadlifts and the early start was starting to hit me and I was flagging a bit now after my opened of 235Kgs I was well in the lead, I did manage to pull 245Kgs and it was all I could do on the day, I did try more but failed it and as I said I was worn out at this point, wonder if it was old age or the fact off the early morning. Can I say Thanks to Frosty, Jim Mutrie and Steve Wall for their help in the Warm up room loading and keeping me on track.
The medals went as follows Gold Squat, Gold Bench, nothing on the deadlift and Gold overall, I also managed to pick up the Runner up in the Best lifter awards for the Masters 1.
Can I say a big Thank you to the people who have supported me, Firstly Nrg Fuel, Titan support systems. Vicegrip. Vale Europe Ltd, Unison Union and finally my secret sponsor who has asked not to be named for his financial help for this trip.