Icelands Strongest Man 2007
Top 4 was
First thing arrived on Thursday at about 23:30 and the first thing that struck me was that it was still daylight, I got through the airport and met and asked Boris about it and he informed me that it doesn't get dark this time of year (How weird!!).
Got to the hotel met Rene and Don so did the usual talking crap and taking the piss out of each other for about half hour, then off to bed.
Didn't get much sleep but felt okay, went for something to eat at the Chinese (great for me as I love Chinese food) Georg Odmundsson (competes with IFSA) was in the restuarant and I actually felt quite short when he stood up (I think he's about 6' 9").
Anyway off to the competition only one event on day one which was the show-girl squat, for those of you that don't know it's a 12" partial squat.
I opened at 400kg as I thought I can pick up a 400kg yoke cold no problem so this was what I went for, it was a pretty easy lift and was happy with how the event was gonna go. I then lifted 510kg again no problem, I skipped the next 3 lifts as we only had 5 by this time everyone had failed there lifts apart from me and Boris so we both did 620kg, it was a hard lift but felt I had quite a bit more there. I was happy to place 2nd on this event so just went for the record (which stands at 665kg) with what they were loading on the machine they couldn't get it to go up in small amounts so the closets they could get was 680kg, I went for it managed to lock it out but with the extra weight I wasn't lifting quite as bigger distance so I was about 5mm away from the full range so I didn't get the lift. Boris didn't attempt this as he had a bigger second lift and already had the victory.
first up log press
I did 130kg then 150kg then went for 160, got it no problem Boris got 165 with a very questionable lock-out but it was given wasn't really interested in placing on this just wanted to hit a big number so went for 175kg and just failed the lock-out. I was very frustrated with this as I was pretty certain I would get it, I must say it was on grass and the surface was very uneven and muddy so all of us lifted below what we are capable of. 2nd place again
Next Hercules hold
keep this one short, I won this with 57 seconds was a pretty comfortable win to be honest.
This was going to be a good practice run for BSM as the platforms were similar heights with heavier stones. They were 120-175 I won this event with 21 seconds. Was pretty happy with this I think Don Pope was 2nd with 25 seconds and I know he's a good stone lifter so beating him shows I'm finally hitting some form on the stones. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFYCoOsdmWk
Arm-over arm on grass
Normally a good event for me but this didn't go so well, we had to load some sack into the back of a pick-up then run to the rope and pull it back. I was first out on this event and I couldn't complete it, then when I looked the truck had gone into a hole. I was in second to last place, they offered me another go but I had well and truly thrown my toys out of the pram and decided not to.
well knew this was gonna be easy for me was a 320 yoke for 20m was last to go this time as I moved to the bottom of the order. I had 9 seconds to beat, did it in 6 seconds so was an easy win.
Even though I took a very low placing on probably one of my best events I was still leading the competition after day 2
was really tired as I hadn't slept hardly at all but managed to win this one although not by much.
Medley 130kg farmers 25m then sled drag back
knew this would be a good event for me until they told me it was on grass and I hadn't taken my rugby boots with me. Anyway fortunately the rain held off and I managed to win this one comfortably.
Never a good event for me but was feeling in pretty good shape I got 47 seconds which was only good enough for 4th place Boris won the event with 51 seconds so I wasn't that far behind.
Last event Husafel stone
Well was down to second going into this event there was half a point in it, I had a strain in my bicep and didn't really wanna chance it with BSM next week so knowing I couldn't be caught by 3rd place I picked it up carried it about 15m and just dropped it, although I basically handed the win to Boris next week is way more important to me and wanted to be fit for that. Much as I hate losing it's good for Boris to win that contest much as me winning next week is important.
Anyway came through pretty much injury free and am feeling VERY confident about my form going into next week.