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sen say
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kpsnap wrote:
How old are you? Did you enter in the masters' division?

I was such a nervous wreck before my first meet. I mean, for weeks beforehand. I don't like to be in front of people. I remember thinking I would either pass out or pee my pants on my first squat. Neither happened. And I was pretty hooked after that first competition. Felt higher than a kite with my teeny-tiny numbers! Do you have someone to help you at the meet?


She Say is supposed to come along and shoot videos, etc...but...it's awful early in the morning for her...:-)

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cavalier
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I was so nervous at my first contest I gave serious thought to not showing up. And my numbers weren't as good as yours. Glad I went - made some friends, set a PR, was thrilled to death. Don't worry.

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sen say
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Thanks homeys ! Drinks at my house after the meet !

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cavalier
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Thanks for the offer, SenSay, sadly it's a 3 day drive to Texas and will be busy, but will settle for videos.

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sen say
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182.5 homeys. .6 pounds to go.

Hey...when you do your 3 tries per lift how do you pick the pounds? do you go balls to the walls on the 1st lift?

I was thinking:

Squat
240
260
280

Bench
275
295
315

Dead
335
355
375

The first lift in each set I can handle fairly easily, the second is close to my personal best and the last would be a personal best.

Thanks!

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Do NOT go balls to walls on opener! The opener should be easy, a weight you know absolutely you can make with perfect form. You don't want to bomb out right away - get some numbers posted.

During warmup, I recommend taking weight up but not exceeding opener. Do just enough to get ready, not too much to wear yourself out.

You can plan the 3rd lift to be slightly more than you've maxed before, assuming your training has built strength. Plan 2nd lift to be halfway between 3rd and opener.

If 2nd goes nicely, definitely go for the gold. If 2nd seems tough, might want to rethink the 3rd.

My .02, given my experience and talking with others.

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Led
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I had the same questions on the 3 lifts, good points cav. Go gettem' Sen!

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sen say
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cavalier wrote:

If 2nd goes nicely, definitely go for the gold. If 2nd seems tough, might want to rethink the 3rd.


I'm a little confused on the card system.

I'm believing at weigh-in I tell the judges my openers (first attempt) for all three lifts. Then those numbers are 'locked'.

AFTER I finish my first squat, do I then have 1 minute to fill out the next card where I tell the judges my 2nd attempt for the squat?

Rinse repeat for bench and deads with some variance on the deads as you get 5 cards? (but only 3 tries still...

Thanks amigoes!

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sen say
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Led wrote:
Go gettem' Sen!


You too Led !

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sen say
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Oh yeah...can I wear boxer briefs (underarmor no lining)? the rules say no boxer shorts. I really don't want to ask the meet organizer this one :-)

Also...do I write my lift amounts in kilos or lbs ?

Thanks!!

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sen say
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Oh yeah...

1) Do you eat after weigh in? I'm assuming yes. Any suggestions on what to eat?

2) Do you show up for weigh in in your singlet? Do you put shorts on over top for the drive to the gym and then take them off for weigh in? I'm not modest, or worried about looking goofy, just don't want to look like a nerd.

Thanks!

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When I weighed in, I was taken behind a curtain and told I could keep my clothes on, or take something off, or take everything off . . . my choice. If you're trying to make a weight class and you're right on the line, it might make you more competitive to make a lower class.

After weighing in, they told me "Eat! Eat!" I'd recommend protein - make sure total recovery from your training, and whatever calories you need. Do NOT start experimenting with weird stuff, go with what you know.

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kpsnap
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Regarding attempts, you have until five minutes before each lift starts to change your opener. After each attempt, you need to submit your subsequent attempt within a reasonable amount of time. I usually verbally ask people if they have forgotten to approach the table. There's no clock on submitting attempts. But if you totally forget, I believe you automatically have to repeat the lift if you failed it the first time and are bumped 2.5 kilos if you are successful.

I have no idea what you are referring to in terms of "five cards" for deads. You can change your third-attempt DL up till the bitter end.

No boxer briefs for USAPL. Tighty whities.

Write your meet attempts in kilos. They will have a conversion chart for you.

You should pound food after weigh-in. I start with Campbells chicken noodle soup. Lots of sodium to help you retain water. I like bagels, peanut butter, avocado, protein shakes, tuna, you name it.

Show up to the meet in normal clothes. Strip down to your undies for weigh-ins. Your weight affects your wilks. There's no benefit to weighing in in anything other than the bare essentials. Put your singlet on when you're ready to warm up.

Good luck to you!

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cavalier
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kpsnap wrote:
Strip down to your undies for weigh-ins. Your weight affects your wilks.


Ah, good point, Snap.

Try to find some way of keeping food going through the day, protein shakes and whatever you find easily digestible. And carry a bottle of water with you - don't get dehydrated!

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sen say
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Squat = 297.5
Bench = 297.5
Dead = 374

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cavalier
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Congrats!! Details, please.

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kpsnap
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Awesome job. I do so hope you'll post a detailed meet report with some vids.

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Led
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kpsnap wrote:
Awesome job. I do so hope you'll post a detailed meet report with some vids.


X2 CONGRATS!!

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sen say
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Thanks amigoes !

Will get videos up soon.

Weighed in at 7:00. Luckily had gotten briefs the night before. Made weight...think by like 2 kilos...diet wasn't perfect the last week, but through protein shakes and beer I got there.

Was in the second flight.

Squatted 245 on my opener. Stepped forward a split second before the 'rack' command. They allowed the lift. Squatted 265 on the next attempt and felt really strong. Wanted to try 300, but had planned on 285, so went for 297.5 or 10 lbs more than what I'd planned. Got it pretty easily. Squatting is my most difficult to train for in my gym, but I'm happy.

Bench - opened at 245 rather than the 265 I'd planned just to make sure I got it. Went up easy. Hit 275 on my next attempt easy. Blasted 297.5 up with little trouble. Once again wanted 300, but laid off.

Deadlift - Opened at 335, no trouble. 355 went up easy and then hit 378

Loved the meet. Can't wait for the next one !

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cavalier
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sen say wrote:
Loved the meet. Can't wait for the next one !


Hmm . . . weren't you the guy so worried and nervous about it? It never fails . . . once you do it, you're hooked.

Did your son manage to get in?

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sen say
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cavalier wrote:
sen say wrote:
Loved the meet. Can't wait for the next one !


Hmm . . . weren't you the guy so worried and nervous about it? It never fails . . . once you do it, you're hooked.

Did your son manage to get in?


I almost didn't show up on Saturday! Believe it or not Sen Say gets nervous easily!

Sen Jr. did not make it in...just as well...I don't think he would have enjoyed it...however now that I've done one I think he might be more amenable to working out at his school where they have proper equipment rather than just in our garage.

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sen say
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297.5 squat

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sen say
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bench 297.5

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sen say
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I think this was 374 pounds...

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kpsnap
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Oh I loved your vids. Glad the meet was great fun for you. You can definitely put up bigger numbers in the future as you didn't look particularly taxed. And you sure are squatting DEEP. Congratulations!

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