ATS had three lifters competing at the recent Eastern Districts competition, Reiss McCormick, Jason Gray, and Myself. We all had a good day in terms of lifting with Jason and I hitting personal bests, Reiss didn't achieve the weights he wanted yet still achieved 8/9 despite not having benched for 5 months due to a chronic elbow issue.
This was my first comp of the year. The goal for this meet was to essentially do the opposite of what happened at my last comp. Stick to my normal lifting approach, make much better attempt selection decisions and not be too rigid in sticking to the expectations I had in my head. You can plan all you want, but you're only going to know for sure on the day.
I'm going to go over how I felt it went for Jason, having done his programming for this comp, then I'll put his own overview after the numbers. I felt his day was pretty much perfect for his first ever meet, his training up to the comp went very well despite a fairly demanding job and the American Football season starting up again, he went 9/9 and hit some new best lifts. We're now looking to the Scottish juniors for his next comp on September 24th
“Quite a disappointing day all round, was aiming to go for somewhere around a 230 squat, 110 bench, and a 270 deadlift, but on the day I just had zero leg strength. Some serious elbow issues haven't allowed me to press since my last meet 5 months ago, so actually quite please to still hit 110kg without any training in that time. Deadlift was probably the most disappointing lift, I had high hopes of pulling near the 272.5kg / 600lb mark but my opener of 240kg was so slow that it was never in the cards.”