Wednesday 8 April 2009

Wednesday's warriors in the 77kg class

Today's competitions were great and went down to the final few lifts. Cathal Snatched 105 and Clean and Jerked 140 in the 77 B class. He had 109 but it was slightly behind and when he went back on his heels when rising, he lost it forward. He Cleaned 142 nicely, but again the Jerk was locked in but slightly forward.
In the A class, it went down to the wire and there were some great lifts, despite how the numbers were not at the Olympic standard. I have two of the heaviest Snatches and the heaviest Clean and Jerks in the video below.

My training went well again today. I had two sessions again and there was an epiphany in the first session--although it was guided by a Dutch lifter who gave me a few pointers. I don't have the time to give it the justice it deserves, so I will write a post on it soon. Here is what I did:

Session 1: Power Snatch+Power clean and Power Jerk
Overhead Squats--5x5 with PNF
Snatch Combo--1x3@bar, 40, 40, 50
Power Snatch--1x2@60, 70 1x1@75, 80, 85, 90--I underestimated it first and lost it. The second attempt saw a smooth squat Snatch. The speed was not quite there this morning.

Jerk skill with the bar and 60kg
Power Clean and Power Jerk--1x2@60, 80 1x1@90, 100, 110 for five singles. I was focusing on the drive in the Power Jerk, which is a variation that I am not quite used to, but it is effective. Ingrid--the Dutch lifter--was reminding me to drive/jump more in the drive part of the Jerk and this definitely helped the bar speed. I missed the last rep.
10 minutes flexibility

Session 2: Clean and Jerk
Jerk skill work with the bar

Clean and Jerk--1x2@60, 80 1x1@90, 100, 110, 120, 125
1x1@130, 134, 137--I missed the first attempt due to a slow drive in the Jerk. Kevin reminded me to go back on my heels more and this helped me nail it on the second attempt.
1x1@140--The Clean was smooth, although it felt very heavy. It is the first time a Clean ever felt really heavy when squatting it up from the rack position. I just missed the Jerk. It needed a little more pop. I got a new Clean pb and nearly a new Jerk pb so I am happy enough.

Back Squat--1x2@90, 110, 130, 140, 147, 152--I missed the second rep. My legs were pretty knackered from the Clean and Jerks. There was not much fight in them I am afraid.

The trip is going really well so far. By the end of the second session today my hands were starting to feel it as are my legs, but the fact that I am not working allows for far more recovery. I am looking forward to seeing the 85's battle it out tomorrow, it should ne interesting to see the French lifter, Benequin, in particular.


Laura Nolan said...

Go Cathal! 142 would have been a PR wouldn't it? Soon, I'm sure.

Barry, did you see any of the ladies 63s/69s? Been watching out for them on Eurosport but they just keep showing the 77s again and again (have seen it 3 times at this stage).

Not that the 77s were bad... I was hugely shocked when Qerimaj didn't get his 156 snatch on his 2nd/3rd attempts because his 152 went up so easily, he looked like he could have power snatched it almost. He'd have won overall if he'd done 154. Amazing how important weight selection is.

I thought Cherniak was brilliant though, so precise and so relaxed looking.

Laura Nolan said...

Oh and the French bloke is Hennequin, at the risk of being ostracized like Hugh.

Hugh said...

140 is pretty sweet; who the hell is Stephen Ferris??!! Nice work

Eamonn Flanagan said...

Yeah Hennequin is a fantastic lifter. It will be interesting to see if he can push onto the next level of becoming a medal contender at major competitions.

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