First of all I want to thank my handler, Al "Brik" Bricket, for showing up standing in the stupid hot sun and taking care of me. Brik, you did a great job and I appreciate it! Secondly thanks to both of my sponsors, Millennium Nutrition and also Critical Bench. Finally thank you to my lovely wife Kerry, who puts up with my ridiculousness and helps me meet my goals.
The meet was outside, and it was extremely hot. With no tents to sit under or any other source of shade, I parked my car close and left it running most of the day with the A/C on to try to stay cool (and not sunburn too bad). It mostly worked.
I weighed in at 272lbs, and did raw push/pull and also did a strict overhead press competition as part of the "strength sports" division of the APA.
1st attempt: 410, 3 white lights, ME state record raw drug tested, state record raw open division
2nd attempt: 450, 3 white lights, ME state record raw drug tested, state record raw open division, and a personal raw meet PR.
3rd attempt (missed): 470, brought it too low and missed at lockout. I think I can get this weight on a better day. It may have been the heat also. Who knows. I'll smash it soon enough!
Vid of 450:
Strict Overhead Press:
bar * 10
155 * 3
225 * 1
1st attempt: 250, 3 white lights, ME state record drug tested, state record open division
2nd attempt: 285, 3 white lights, ME state record drug tested, state record open division
3rd attempt: 300, 3 white lights, ME state record drug tested, state record open division, possibly world record (judges weren't sure).
They asked me if I wanted a 4th, honestly I left a little in the tank b/c I wasn't sure how much benching was going to take out of me, but it was so hot I decided to save myself for the deadlift.
Vid of 300 SOHP:
135 * 5
225 * 1
315 * 1
425 * 1
1st attempt: 525, 3 white lights.
2nd attempt: 600, 3 white lights, ME state drug tested record
I was shot by this time so I passed on my third. My back started tightening up soon after, so it was a wise choice. 600 was what I really wanted anyway!
Vid of 600 Deadlift:
When all was said and done I broke a bunch of records and won "Best Lifter" award. I had a great time and overall am happy with my performance (I do shake my fist at 470, grrr). Thank you to all who have supported me in my pursuit to pick up heavy things and put them back down.
"No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable." - Socrates