So the results are out, and I came 12th out of 14 in the 72kg class, which I’m pretty pleased about. Even if I’d got my anticipated 52.5kg bench I wouldn’t have placed any higher, so I did as well as I could. If you ever think I’m strong, take a look at the full results and be amazed at the standard out there. I’m pretty damn weak compared to this lot 😉
I think I’m more or less back to normal now. On Sunday I had a sore back; on Monday I had sore adductors and was exhausted (which made for a fun day of meetings at work). This afternoon I have a sports massage booked, which I’m very much looking forward to! I’m going to go back to the gym on Thursday to do a few light squats; I want to start practising squatting in my Adidas Powerlift shoes – I didn’t use them at the British because I wasn’t quite used to them. We’ll see if they make a difference.
I’m going to compete in the Greater Londons on November 22nd in the 72kg class, so I need to keep an eye on my weight for the next 2 months. I do feel more normal in the gut/weight/food department, though. I think part of the reason I was so exhausted on Sunday & Monday was because I didn’t eat enough on competition day. It was so hot and the day was so long that I didn’t really feel like eating. I had my customary 2 cream cheese bagels before lifting, and 2 bananas & a packet of Jaffa Cakes between lifts, but once I got home I couldn’t face my treat pizza & garlic bread so I went to bed without any dinner. In fact the pizza and half of the garlic bread are now in my freezer to be eaten another time. I think my stomach just needs a bit of time to get used to all the lovely lovely food after being restricted for a few weeks!
I have to say, getting that 117.5kg deadlift has made me feel so much more confident. I’ve hated deadlifts for such a long time, feeling like 115kg was all I could ever hope to manage. I don’t really remember how it felt at the top of the lift (I was too busy concentrating on things other than my grip) but I know I didn’t feel like I was going to drop it. 120kg in November? If I can get that, then I will feel a bit less like a deadlift loser among the others in the 72kg class who were all pulling 130++!