Saturday 7 February 2009

Saturday's salient lifting

In today's competition I had a good day, but not a brilliant one. I missed my 108 through lack of skill--it was high enough--but I also got 135 and it felt pretty solid. I need time to reflect on today's lifts and where they show me I need to focus primarily on, so I will say exactly what I did and comment on my technique and next few months over the next day or two. I weighed in at 94kg on the button, third time lucky. Considering I was eating a lot of starchy carbs over the last four weeks and even this week, it shows I can put on a bit more muscle and make weight easily once I cut out the starchy carbs a week or two out.

Overhead Squats--5x3
Drop Snatch--1x3@bar, 40 1x1@50, 60
Snatch--1x2@70, 70 1x1@80--Strangely, I missed the first rep because I was focusing on catching it with wider feet. I power snatched it straight after. 1x1@ 85, 90, 95--Again, I missed the first rep because I did not finish the pull properly. This was very silly and I got it straight after. The fact that I missed two easy warm up weights showed me that despite trying not to, I was over-thinking my technique rather than pulling as viciously as I can.

Competition lifts:
1x1@99--This was smooth and in the groove. I did not pull as fast as I can, but it was a banker.
1x1@104--This was also in the groove, but as above, I needed a faster pull.
1x1@108--I missed this. It was high enough and I was in position to catch it, but I did not finish the pull viciously enough to be locked in. This was annoying but I put it away for a later time of reflection.

Jerk skill work with the bar
Split Jerk--1x3@40, 40
Clean and Jerk--1x2@60 1x1@80, 80, 90, 100, 110, 115, 120- I have never power cleaned this weight quite so high. I was determined to avoid my mistake from the Snatch and just get nasty and aggressive with my second pull.

Competition lifts:
1x1@125--This was fast and easy.
1x1@130--I was really happy with my Jerk in this one.
1x1@135--This was solid even though my right elbow had a slight wobble. I was very happy to get this lift out of my system, it has been bugging me for a while.

Knee to chest ab exercise--3x20

Here is a video of my lifts. I will put up Gillian's two competition pr's tomorrow or over the following day. Well done to Cathal Byrd who Snatched 109. He is a 69kg lifter although he weighed in at a portly 71.4 today. Also well done to Kevin Darcy who Snatched 125 as a 94kf lifter. There were lots of excellent lifts on display.


Laura Nolan said...

Good lifting! Shame about the 108, looked as close as it could be though and I'm sure it'll fall soon.

Eamonn said...

Hey Barry,

Thanks for coming down and competing. Hope you enjoyed the competition. You are making massive progress, even now when you are doing higher volume stuff and not making any max attempts when in training.

I have alot of photos of the comp, I will try to get the online in the next few days.

Franklin said...

Its hard to believe you have only been at this since last May .. your lifts looked smooth and powerful, even the 108 snatch miss.

Congratulations! With a base like you demonstrated yesterday there will be many many more PRs for you in your future.

Barry said...

Thanks you folks, I appreciate the encouragement. I really enjoyed lifting in UL, it was great seeing you boys again and there was some excellent lifting. I am really looking forward to our session next Saturday. I will get my new Snatch pb and I can't wait!

Franklin, the lifts felt smooth, but not as fast as I wanted. I know I can work on this, so the thing is to keep improving the technique and the speed also.

Sean Flanagan said...

Excellent lifting, technique looks very sound, loads of power!

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