I am writing this from a hotel in Shreveport, Louisiana. We will get back to California this afternoon, so we have a lot of driving (to Dallas) and flying (to San Francisco) left. To say I am exhausted is the understatement of the century. I can honestly say I have never felt so physically drained in my entire life. Ever. I just feel absolutely awful. I don’t even want to get into the reasons why haha but oh well. Life goes on. Anyway:
I got 2nd out of 20 guys in my weight class. Which sounds decent but I really didn’t lift well at all. When comparing my results to my best lifting results I really lifted very very poorly, again.
Snatch- Started warming up earlier this time and felt great the whole session. I didn’t have any misses up to 135kg in the warm up room, so we opened at 138kg. We were about 3 attempts away so we went out. I went out and missed it very badly in front. I just didn’t finish my pull at all. I honestly was overlooking it because I knew how light 135kg had felt in the back room without an audience, extra adrenaline, etc. I just didn’t focus on the lift AT HAND. So, I had to take 138kg again. This time it felt like a joke, and I stood half way up and dropped it forward. I didn’t cock my wrists back at the bottom so once I got out of the bottom position the bar shifted forward suddenly and I just lost it. So now I had to take it a 3rd time. If I missed I would “bomb out.” You get 3 attempts in the snatch, and if you don’t make an attempt you can’t post a total, so it’s as if you didn’t compete. Anyway, I came back on my 3rd attempt and made it very easily.
Clean/Jerk- I had a perfect warm up session, with no misses up to 160kg. So, we opened at 167kg, which I missed the clean. I racked it for a second at the bottom but I was way forward on my toes so I bailed before falling over. I took it again on the 2nd attempt and made it very easily. We then jumped to 178kg and I missed the clean very badly. We took the jump to try to jump a spot to see if I could qualify for the World University Team this summer (in China). I failed miserably on that attempt though.
Total- 138kg (302lbs)/167(367lbs) (305kg).
I was expecting a 320kg total at LEAST. I really expected to do 145/175. So to do 138/167 is an extreme disappointment. I leave another contest feeling quite embarrassed.
I could rant about how bad my training has been the last 4-6 weeks, but, it doesn’t matter. I’m giving it all I have, and hopefully soon the results will speak for themselves. I’m in it for the long haul and just gotta keep putting my head down and training.