Training Day at Fresno: (AKA My Stone Loading is Flipping Awesome!)
We started out with log. I worked up to a couple cleans at 255, beltless and easy, but couldn't get the press - I should have, but jerks were slow today. Still managed a couple/almost three reps at 225, cleaning each rep. Technique was off, still could probably have hit a third rep within the sixty second time limit, so I'll take 3 reps as my lowest expectation of myself come comp time - 4 or 5 would be even nicer.
Then car deadlift - unfortunately, they didn't have the whole setup worked out beforehand, and what we did today may not be the same as what we will do at the contest next month. Anyway, they messed around for a bit with the equipment and ended up switching it to a handles at the sides deadlift, instead of a bar in front. We used a light pickup truck as the weight - with the handles out farther, which should be about equivalent to the weight-in-hands for lightweight, I was able (on my second try) to get one rep. If it ends up being the same weight-in-hands at the contest, I think I'd have a shot at nailing a second rep, if I take a wee break after the first one
Next, yoke. Oddly, no one used the farmers (the contest event is a yoke/farmers medley). Thinking about it now, I should have at least done some picks with their implements, to see how they feel. Too late now
The yoke was pretty comfy - I managed 600 (contest weight) for 50', no drops. Not the fastest at all, but good enough. They're only going to be allowing one drop on the yoke and one drop on the farmers at the contest - the yoke should be no problem, a little worried about the farmers.
The arm-over-arm pull (which will be us pulling a semi-truck) isn't ready to go yet, so we didn't get to try that out.
Lastly, stone over bar for reps. 48" bar. At this point, a lot of the guys had taken off (a couple beastly heavyweights and a lightweight pro), so it was down to the guys from Team Big Sac, Chris Carroll (a good 265 competitor), and a couple of under-200 guys. I made the 300lb for 3 reps, pretty comfy, last load slow, but a rep PR for me. Tyler PR'ed with a 300lber. Then I hit a rep at the 330. Then they brought out the 365.
Chris missed the load, Mark missed the load, then I, surprisingly, lapped it, but also missed the load. Chris then got it, and then I got it too
Really happy with that, over the moon actually. A bunch of guys started talking shit about being vegan at that point, because Mark's a little too fond of proclaiming me California's strongest vegan
Nothing too bad, but I got a little bit annoyed and decided to bring out the 400lber. Gym owner told me no one had ever loaded it there.
Long story short, no one still has
But I think with just a little more squeezing power from the arms/chest, I'd have a shot at least at lapping the thing.
Still, happy with the stone PR, and this also is the first time, on any lift, I've gotten a heavier weight than Mark
It'll be the last for a while, too, I'm sure, but shows that I'm getting better.