The Dust Has Settled & A New Meet Is On The Books

As some of you (probably all of you) may know, my husband and I just moved across the country from Boston back to our hometown of Austin. Once we knew we were going to be moving, I decided that I'd wait until we were (somewhat) settled in Austin before registering for my next meet. I wanted to make sure that I had a job, a steady gym to train at, and a solid training plan before throwing down nearly $100 for a meet.

 Images from my very first meet, the RPS Texas Gainzsaw Massacre, in March 2015.

Images from my very first meet, the RPS Texas Gainzsaw Massacre, in March 2015.

Well, now that the dust has begun to settle, I've registered for the RPS Texas Gainzsaw Massacre in October! It's exciting to have a meet to work towards again, and I'm really looking forward to stepping back on the competition platform. 

My plan for now is honestly very simple:
(1) Do not overestimate how much time I have until the meet. It may seem like it's a ways away, but really, it's only 5.5 months, and I'll have a lot going on between now and then.
(2) Start a slow weight cut right now. I would really love to compete in the 132 weight class again, but I honestly have no idea how much I weigh at the moment. I just know that the last time I checked I was ~140, and I imagine it's only gone up since then. Cutting weight is NOT my friend, so I'll plan to just be mindful of intakes starting now, and hopefully I'll be in a good place to cut down the last few pounds about a month prior to the meet. 
(3) Going along with that slow cut; add in cardio 1-2 times/week.

That's it. 

That's my whole plan.

My third bench attempt at 154 pounds at the Ironman Classic in August 2015.

The training and actual lifting part of the competition has never been what gave me trouble. Making weight is always the most stressful and difficult part of the whole process. So I'll just keep training like I am (though I may switch up my program to a meet-specific prep when the time is right), and I'll focus on toning down the fat-kid mentality. 

I'm so excited to get back at it and to see where my comp numbers are! 1RM estimations from online calculators are looking goooooood these days:
S: estimated at #258, based on #245x2
B: estimated at #194, based on #155x8
D: estimated at #316, based on #275x5

Now I just have to leave it on the platform. ^_^

 My third deadlift attempt at 300 pounds at the Gate City Gauntlet in November 2015. 

My third deadlift attempt at 300 pounds at the Gate City Gauntlet in November 2015.