First and foremost, I want to draw attention to the inherent amazingness of this sport with regards to progression. My very first powerlifting meet was 1 year and 7 months ago in March of 2015. Since then I have made immense progress, and my favorite thing about competing is that all of that progress is quantified, recorded, and there for me to look at almost two years later. It inspired me to go back and gather the numbers from ALL of my meets to compare to my performance yesterday, and wow... I'll let the numbers speak for themselves:
MARCH 21, 2015 - RPS Texas Gainzsaw Massacre
Women's raw classic junior division in the 132 lb weight class (weighing ~130 lbs)
S: I went 3/3 ending with 209.4 lbs
B: I went 3/3 ending with 143.3 lbs
D: I went 3/3 ending with 264.6 lbs
Total: 9/9 with 617.3 lbs
AUGUST 8, 2015 - Ironman Classic Push/Pull
Women's raw open division in the 132 lb weight class (weighing ~130 lbs)
B: I went 2/3 ending with 154.3 lbs
D: I went 3/3 ending with 292.1 lbs
"Total": 5/6 with 446.4
Wilks does not apply to this meet.
NOVEMBER 21, 2015 - RPS Gate City Gauntlet
Women's raw classic open division in the 132 lb weight class (weighing 132.5 lbs -- riiight at the cut off)
S: I went 3/3 ending with 240 lbs
B: I went 3/3 ending with 165 lbs
D: I went 2/3 ending with 280 lbs
Total: 8/9 with 685 lbs
OCTOBER 15, 2016 - RPS Texas Gainzsaw Massacre
Women's raw classic open division in the 148 lb weight class (weighing 134.8 lbs)
S: 264.6 lbs
B: 181.9 lbs
D: 319.7 lbs
Total: 766.2 lbs
I was already proud of my performance at the meet yesterday, but up next to these numbers from the past 19 months, I am even more proud of myself and how far I've come. Now for some pictures, videos, and thoughts!
The immediate results:
- I went 9/9 on my lifts
- I ended with a 766.2 lb total and a wilks score of 381.85
- I took first place in the women's raw classic open division in the 148 weight class
- I took best lifter in the women's raw classic open division
- I set a new Texas state record with my total beating the previous on by ~6 lbs
- I tied the current Texas state record for bench press, so if I weighed less than the current record holder then I will also take that record
Videos & thoughts:
I went 3/3 on squats, and my third attempt was 264.6 lbs.
I progress from 231.5 lbs to 253.5 lbs, and even though that second attempt felt good, it was slowing down. I gave myself the option of a third attempt at either 264.6 (which is what I chose) or 270.1 lbs. I chose the safer route because (1) the second attempt did slow down noticeably, (2) 264.6 was already going to be a meet and lifetime personal best, (3) I just didn't feel confident about hitting 270.
In some ways I wish I had just gone for the 270 attempt after watching the video, but in others I'm glad I didn't, because if I had failed I only would've gotten my 253.5 on the board from my second attempt, which would have messed with my total.
I think overall I played the numbers correctly here, though the curiosity of 'could I have hit 270?!' will surely nag at me for a bit.
264.6 is a 24.6 lb meet-PR and a 9.6 lb lifetime-PR!
I went 3/3 on my bench press, and my third attempt was 181.9 lbs.
I progressed from 165.3 lbs to 176.4 lbs, and again I gave myself an option for the third attempt. I was either going for 181.9 lbs, or if things felt exceptionally amazing, I'd try for 187.4 lbs. As you can gather, things did not feel exceptionally amazing on my second attempt. At no point during the rep was I afraid I'd fail it, and it moved consistently, but wow it slowed down. And with bench press, small jumps in numbers are rather big jumps in ability.
So I went with the safer route of 181.9 lbs, which is a huge meet PR for me, and I think I definitely made the right choice here.
The one thing I wish I had taken the time to check during bench attempts were the current RPS records, because I could have taken a fourth attempt to be both the state (currently 181.9 lbs) and world records (currently 185 lbs) in my division. This would have given me the opportunity to try for 187.4 lbs, but if I failed, it wouldn't have affected my meet total at all. I'm really kicking myself for not being more aware of that at the time.
Regardless, 181.9 lbs is a 16.6 lb meet-PR!
I went 3/3 on deadlifts, and my third attempt was 319.7 lbs.
I progressed from 280 lbs to 303.1 lbs. Things were still feeling really good on my second attempt (by some miracle), and because deadlifts are easier to make bigger jumps with, I decided to go for the more ambitious of my 3rd attempt options. I was chosing between 314.2 lbs or 319.7 lbs, and I obviously chose the latter. I'm really glad I did, too, because the ability was clearly there. Slow or not, this rep moved very consistently from start to finish, and there was no point during it when I thought I would fail it. Was it hard? Yes absolutely. But I felt very confident as soon as it came off the ground. Furthermore, had I not gone the more ambitious route here I would NOT have beat the current Texas state record for powerlifting total. So, once again, I think I played the numbers perfectly with this lift.
319.7 is a 27.6 lb meet-PR and an 11.7 lb lifetime-PR!
I am extremely pleased with yesterday's outcome. I was more nervous for this meet than I've ever been before. I had told so many people about it, and I had quite handful of people actually coming to the meet to show their support. I felt a fair amount of pressure simply not wanting to let down any expectations. Additionally, with this being my fourth meet, I was getting to be more appropriate and knowledgeable with my attempt choices. Now, even though I felt very confident in my reasoning for picking my attempts the way I did, I was EXTREMELY nervous about them, because the numbers were much bigger than I've ever seen before. I mean, for all of my lifts I was opening with what were my THIRD attempts at my last meet. There was a lot of pressure coming from my own self to really step up my game and hit big numbers. And, then of course, there was the fact that I DIDN'T MAKE MY WEIGHT CLASS.
I wasn't letting myself get overly bogged down by this. At a certain point, there's nothing more you can do. But I genuinely did not expect to place nearly as well as I did, if at all, being in the 148 lb weight class... especially weighing a mere 134.8 lbs!
But amazingly enough -- and I throw out a HUGE thanks to everyone who supported me an cheered me on whether in person or from a distance -- I was able to absolutely nail this meet, and that feels incredible.