Post-comp comedown

Sexy deadlift face

Photo via Grant Hendry-Horne.

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++!


3 thoughts on “Post-comp comedown

  1. G

    When you were talking earlier about how all the women at your gym are wearing the same shoes because they’re only available in one color (which is so silly, step it up Adidas) I remembered these things: One way to distinguish whose is whose is to decorate them a little bit 🙂

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