Here is my take on the European masters 2016, firstly towards the event my training had really gone to plan and I was happy with the build-up. My only concern was bodyweight as normal. The week leading up to the comp I was a bit heavier than expected but with a few adjustments I was back down in weight come comp day and the morning weigh in. In fact I was lighter than I had expected 73:69Kgs. Been a while since I was that light if I am honest.
Squats well after getting knocked back on my first attempt on depth I had to retake it to make sure off the lift. I then decided to jump 20Kgs and well on the day it was a bit too much. So with 1 lift I managed to get the gold on the squat.
Bench whilst warming up and realising it was not really the day I was expecting I dropped my opener down a bit to make sure there was not any issues on the opener. After 200KgI went to 210Kg and then decided to have a go at the European record off 220:5Kgs. Surprisingly it was a very close miss; in fact the bigger jump than I would have taken normally was very close to being taken to arm’s length. The 210kg was also enough to secure the Gold in the bench.
Moving onto the deadlifts and there was a few things at stake here. Firstly there was a lift to make a total and secure the European title. Then there was a bet with another GB Team member (frosty) and the man with the biggest pull won a bottle off JD.
So here’s the run down 240Kg opener and then a pull at 250Kg won me the bet. It also gave me the Gold deadlift medal on bodyweight. So for the last deadlift we had to play with the weights to force the Slovakian to pull more than he could. After all he was after the Gold deadlift medal himself. So the end result was me deadlifting 255Kg and my opponent going for 260Kg even when he only needed 257Kg. He failed and for the first time i walked away with the GOLD in the deadlift.
Despite not having the day I wanted I managed a 740Kg total (10 times bodyweight). So the clean sweep on the GOLDS across the board was a pleasant surprise. Despite not having the day I wanted I won and was also the 3Rd Best Lifter at Masters 1.
As always I would like to say THANK YOU to my sponsors NRG fuel and Titan support systems. Also to Paul at The Gym where I train.
So what’s next well last year I left something in Denver and think this year in Tallinn I need to get it back? It will be back into the gym this week, time to get focused on the World title