Brit BPC Raw finals update
220 good lift
240 good lift (and biggest squat in comp so far for me)
255 No lift (depth)
130 good lift
140 good lift
150 No lift (didnt get it all the way up)
270 Good lift (new masters brit record)
290 Good lift (new masters brit record)
310 No lift (to knees)
What a day. After spending a week and a half dieting with low or no carbs and spending 4ish days of manipulating my water I actually came in at 102.8kg which is the lightest I have been for a long while... dieting was crap, didnt like it and have a lot more respect for those that go through it for so long. Water manipulation was even worse and I have even more respect for those that do it... friday I was 108.9kg and thinking just to flag it and go over 105... sat morning I weight in at 104.6 and thought alright might do this after all... I felt ok but fuzzy... things seemed slower or maybe it was just me lol... woke up sun morn and my scales said 103.2 so really happy... went and weighed in and 102.8kg BAM baby... made weight... straight after had a lucosade with a diarlyte, a Protein 247 Hydrorecover shake (4 scoops in 600ml of water and its @Hilly
s design (great shake mate), a load of choc brownies and jelly babies and snakes then off to a big plate of bacon and eggs... oh and two bannas lol... then slowed down on the food front and just grazed as per normal... by the time I got to lift I was back up to 106.9kg and feeling pretty good... no bloat or stomach problems with all the eating or rehydrating... just before warming up for the squat I had another diarlyte as really needed to replace all the electrolytes... warm ups went well but a bit rushed at the end as there were a few lifters and we started a bit slowly...
Squats - feeling good with these, warmed up to 200 and felt comfortable... out to my opener of 220 and feeling a bit nervous as always with the first lift of the day... belt felt a bit loose at the normal hole but still tight enough to get a good push against... 220 easy lift... second lift came around fairly quickly and 240 was nice and easy as well, bit nervous on this one as it is normally where I choke but got good lift and well happy... 255 I set as I wanted to get a good lift in and set a new brit record but went out and set up which felt ok but just missed depth, tbh I felt like I had missed depth as I was coming up as I just didnt feel my hams and glutes fire as they noramlly do when I hit depth... speaking with @Emma James
later she suggested it could be nerves over depth as the squat itself looked easy... it felt fine so kicking myself a bit there (and this prob cost me best lifter in the masters cat more later)
Bench - feeling both good and nervous about this... the what ifs started hitting me about now, feeling it from squats and I was tempted to bring my opener down, but thought just need a cup of mtfu and get on with it... warm ups went well but didnt calm me much tbh... out for the opener and it was easy... 140 next again set up felt good and the arch felt tight... having Emma behind me talking was awesome as she was a calming influence and really got me on point lift wise... 140 up nicely and felt good... 150 next... as you may know this has been a mental lift for me... but if you dont try you dont know right... out to lift and set up well... arch nice and tight and felt pretty good... took the bar (awesome hand off by the spotter btw) and took it down to chest easy, press comman and started to lift it got it a couple inches off the chest and was thinking Fvck yeah when got cramp in right side of my back... pulled the bar slightly off line and even though I fought to hold it I lost the drive, it was there though... even though missed that it is a huge boost in the mental side of it for me (but I am still peeved I missed it lol)...
Deads - by this stage I was flagging which is a first as normally by this stage I am loving it and right into it... thank fvck Adam Pickles was there to drive and support me along... warm ups went well and easy up to 250... so sat and composed myself (first mistake) then after just getting in the zone I stood up and started cramping in my legs... great more darlyte shed down the throat and walking it off, just getting myself in the zone... thankfully worked well and legs clamed down... first lift easy... went up and new brit masters record... second lift at 290 went up a little harder but still felt great and a new masters record again... happy enough and thought lets get that 310 (which would also set the open record which even though I got last comp was not given to me for some reason sigh) went out, set up and managed to get it to my knees then couldnt see kept trying but it didnt want to go... let the bar down and walked back to the chalk, damn near fainted at that stage lol but held on to the chalk bowl till I could be confident again and went out back to watch Adam pull it... awesome pull but peeved I missed it... sigh... back to the training board for that lift for sure...
Day over and at the presentations I found I was about 5 points off getting the overall masters award... again always the bridesmaid never the bride lol... was feeling tried but ok... had a big meal at mcdees on way home lol and by the time we got home I was feeling it, big time, could barely move and went to bed early... today I am feeling it even more, very sore and tired but ok...
Some observations from the day... My wife tells me that I didnt seem to have the same spark and that the dieting and water work seem to have taken it out of me... I didnt approach it with the same sort of zest I normally do... Emma tells me that on the last deadlift I held my breath but not on the first two (I have no memory of holding my breath lol) so thats something to watch for future lifts... dieting and water work are not for me and unless I do it the week before or at least get weigh in the day before I wont be doing that again... would like to thank all those who helped and supported me through it all, my wife (who god bless her put up with my sh1t) 247 whos protein kept me going through the diet and great new product got me up and running on the day, @JW007
for all the advice and support, @Kate1976
who was there every day through the "diet" and water work listening to me whinge lol and was there on the day as ever yelling at me to get my sorry ass lifting, @gemc1981
who all came to see me do ok... @Tatty
who is always in my head when I squat with her initial advice about lifting in a mono and @Emma James
who helped calm me on the day with her words of wisdom... and many others who have offered advice and words of encouragement to get my lifts up... will do better next time for sure guys... finally a good day and a fantastic bunch of guys and girls to lift with... now off to eat lol...