For the past couple months I’ve been more Iron than Cheftress. Our kitchen and most of the whole house is going through some renovations so I have been keeping myself busy with work, crocheting, reading, music (picking up the viola) and powerlifting.
Yesterday I competed in my first powerlifting competition in the 148lbs weight class as a raw lifter at Super Training Gym in Sacramento. It was the 2013 Women’s Pro-Am Meet.
I’ll break it down for you this way so it’s not too much for you to read.
1st week of August : Walked pass CSA powerlifting coached by Jesse Burdick. Decided to join (Best decision of 2013)
1st week of September : Was asked to join a powerlifting competition on Nov 2nd by my peers. Just as I decided to do it, I was out with bad case of E-coli for a week or so.
Mid 2nd week of September : Resumed training with only 6 weeks to go.
1 week out from competition (Deload week) : Did a 5k race (endurance activities generally not recommended for powerlifters) but I’m glad I did it as I had a heck of a time with my friend Meg and I came 4th in my division.
6 days out from competition: Cut carbs and drank coffee and occasionally go for steam/sauna. Oh and I accidentally dropped a 40lb dumbbell on my finger. Had to get my ring snipped off since it was blocking blood from draining hence why it’s so pretty in blue.
2 days out from weigh in: Had to drop another 2lbs to make 148lb weight class
1 day out from weigh in: Fasted water and food since 3pm. Not as tough as I thought it was going to be.
Weigh in day: Exactly 148lbs *wipes sweat* Gave our openers and I decided to be conservative aiming to open with about 90-95% of my usual 1rm PR. Watched the men’s meet and refuel for competition next day. Here’s the list of gluttony and sin: Halloween candy bars, water, Gatorade, pecan waffle, omelette, hash browns, toast, protein bars, Five Guys bacon cheese burger and fries, more candy bars, 1 Krispy Kreme donut, 1 huge salad to get my dose of fibre. Ended the day with 153lbs
I was in the 2nd flight. The first event was squat. Opened strong with 215lbs. Struggled a little with my 2nd attempt, 225.7lbs, but I knew I could have kept tight and done it easily. Since Jesse saw me struggling I guess he didn’t want me to fail for my 3rd attempt (I don’t blame him at all) and only went for a small jump to 231.2lbs. I walked away feeling like I could have gone at least another 10-20lbs heavier for my third attempt but it was great to walk away with 3 white lights (legit lifts) and a personal record (PR)
2nd event was the bench and mind you bench is my favourite lift as opposed to most girls who like deads and squats. I think it’s because genetically I favour it since I have T-rex arms. Opened with an easy 132.2lbs, moved on to 143.2lbs and that was already a PR and went up to 148.7lbs. I was literally talking to myself as I was getting ready on deck. “You can do this Dolly”, “Use the force Dolly” and I went out, struggled but I got it! 3 for 3 again and a PR for bench.
At this point any nervousness I had was out of my system which is a great thing because deadlift is my weakest of all 3 lifts. Weakest in the sense of, for someone my stature and compared to other girls, I should be pulling more but I’m not. That’s why I went pretty early in the flight. I was the 4th in the flight and I opened with an easy 225.7lbs, then to a 242.5lbs and PR’ed at 259lbs. I was surprised at how easy the weight moved so I’m pretty happy with my deadlift performance but there’s a lot of room for improvement.
So I wrapped up the meet with 9 for 9 lifts, totaling my best lift from each event at 638.9lbs.
I must say that I made the right decision to compete in the 148lb weight class instead of the 132lbs because of my history with binge eating. I did not want to put added stress on top of the training and make it a miserable first meet too.
I am so excited to start training for my next competition and I have my eye on the Spring SPF meet. I’m aiming to not only get stronger but to drop a weight class not just because I have my eyes on the Elite rank but I do want to fit better in my clothes too.
It helps to be training with, in my opinion, the best coach ever, Jesse Burdick! With him I feel like I am safe and he sees straight away how he can improve my lift according to my strengths and weaknesses. So yes, everyone of us can benefit from proper coaching, including personal trainers. A trainer who refuses to learn from others is a trainer that stops growing (literally and figuratively)