USAPL Bench Nationals-Bombed!!!!!

USAPL Bench Nationals-Bombed!!!!!

Aug 29, 2013

So the 2013 USAPL Bench Nationals is in the books and almost 2 weeks old. I am now just starting to move on and come to terms that there is nothing I can do to change the results, but there are many things I can do to make sure the same thing does not happen to me again.

I bombed out of my first meet ever, in my first meet ever in gear. During warm ups I felt really good I even got 496 to about a half board so I thought touching would not be a problem at all. Warm ups felt great until my final set with 628lbs. I remember getting the hand off bringing the bar down as far as I could then the next thing I remember is my buddy Marvin and 2-3 other people grabbing the bar off my chest and racking it. During this set the bar fell out of my hands and came crashing down on my stomach/ribs. It was a weird feeling because I did not realize what happened until people around me told me. So I decided that would be my last warm up. I was at the very end of the flight(3rd from last) so I had plenty of time to recover. I decided to open with 667lbs a weight that I smoked with commands for 2 good sets the week before at the gym. So finally I hear my name, it is my time to go. I get on the platform and my mind goes totally blank, seems like I forgot everything everybody at the gym told me. I didn’t tighten my belt, put chalk on my hands, didn’t tuck my elbows or fill my belly with air. I am not sure what happened with the first attempt I am guessing I did not touch, but the weight flew up so I decided to go to 672 on my second attempt. Again my name is called and this time I touch and lock it out, go off the bench thinking I was currently in 3rd place but the lift got turned down 2-1. The judges said my head came off the bench that was the reason for the red lights. On my third needless to say I was mentally drained after dumping the weight on my stomach in warm ups and missing my first two attempts I decided to go to 688 lbs. Looking back I probably should have stuck with 672. The third attempt barely got off my chest and that was the end.

If I would have got the 2nd attempt it would have been good enough for 3rd place in the open class that was stacked with awesome lifters. For it being my first meet ever in gear at the level meet it was I shouldn’t be too shocked at bombing out. Going into the meet I had people experienced in gear saying that the likely hood of bombing out in gear was so much greater than raw. Well I found that to be true haha.

Looking back at the meet, I realized I should have done a warm up meet before nationals to get back into the swing of things. But like I said its over and done with and there is nothing I can do about that meet. But my plan now is to compete in as many meets as I can until next years Bench Nationals, so I will know exactly what to expect and get into a routine.

Overall it was a great experience for me. I got to meet a bunch of new people and see some great all time lifts.


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