Bombing Out and Blasting Off

Bombing Out and Blasting Off

Jun 5, 2013

So I bombed at the IPF Bench Press Worlds in Lithuania.  I’ve never felt so embarrassed before about a competition.

The really upsetting fact of the matter is that my press from last last meet of 711 would have won worlds in the last two years!  I know I am strong enough to win, but it just wasn’t there for me when it mattered.

It really gives me a new perspective on what it takes to win a world championships.  It takes more than just being the strongest.  It takes a mental toughness that is immovable.

I am not one to make excuses for performances.  Bottom line is that I just didn’t perform up to my normal standards.  I was off.

I was delayed in getting to Lithuania.  I was supposed to get there on Wednesday @ 5pm.  I ended up getting there on Thursday @2am.  Not great, but I went right to sleep and got about 7 hours of sleep.  Woke up at 11am Friday.  I compete Saturday.

Friday night I went to bed at 10pm and woke up at 3am to use the bathroom.  When I got back, I couldn’t go back to sleep at all.  I just laid in my tiny european bed dreaming of the day ahead of me.  Wondering if it will be full of victory.

Weighed in at 9am, competition begins at 11am.  Warmups never felt better/lighter.  I warmed up to 633 and it felt very light.

There were 20 people in my flight.  The time between lifts was around 20mins.  Not used to that.  I am used to going every 5-10 minutes.  I think that threw me off.  I had a lot of nervous energy in the warmup area that I needed to calm down.  Looking back, I should have relaxed more and focused on the task at hand.

I was off technically on the platform.  Something was off.  I didn’t set up right at all.  I think I rushed it.  All three attempts were poorly executed.

What I feel that I need now is more technical training.  Lower the weights, hit them perfectly, not overreach, and focus on the little things a little more.  Basically, practice what I preach to everyone else.  I need a taste of my own medicine.  If I listen to my brain instead of ego, I’ll lift much better.

Towards the end of my training cycle, my right shoulder was starting to develop some pain.  I attribute that to all the heavy raw training I performed.  Looking back, I should have toned it back 5% or so.  Lesson learned.

I feel that I have a good plan of attack for nationals that is fool proof or bomb proof.  Hell, nothing is bomb proof!  LOL  (I am finally learning)

OVERALL, I had a very positive experience in europe.  I learned from my mistakes and after the competition had a blast with the other TEAM USA members.  Its great that they were so understanding and encouraging even after bombing out.

Ryan, Tim, and I decided to spend some time in Brussels, Belgium after Lithuania.  We ended up eating the best food, sampling the best chocolate, coffee, pasta, and beer we’ve ever had.  It was a lot of fun.

Brady Stewart Ryan Carrillo



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