Sunday 21 February 2010

Saturday's sharpness--not!!!!!!!

I competed in the Dublin Open on Saturday, and the Junior and Masters nationals were on at the same time. It was another enjoyable competition and there were several good lifts. Well done to Neil Dougan who qualified for the Senior European Champions with 106/129 lifts at 70kg bodyweight. His consistent improvements over the last year are very encouraging for everyone. Laura Nolan also lifted six for six and posted pb's in the Snatch and Clean and Jerk as did Cathal Byrd who Snatched 111 and Clean and Jerked 144. He just missed the 146 Jerk, but it is there. Zag was sick and overworked and Snatched 99kg and his Clean and Jerk just was not there on the day. The Irish Rugby ladies all lifted fantastically and there is a very obvious progression to their lifting every time they compete.

I lifted five out of six, and considering that this was being approached as a training session, I was reasonably happy. I Snatched 107 as my opener and it was relatively straight forward. I jumped to 112 and made it, but it was muscled up and I did not have my rhythm or composure. I needed to be a bit calmer I think and this carried over to my 116 attempt which was strong, but ugly. If I was more composed, I would have made it. Not on the day though....

In the Clean and Jerk, I was feeling more relaxed and even though I was not feeling sharp, my mind was clearer so I performed better. I opened with an ugly 135 and nailed the Jerk. My Jerk was the best feature of my lifting and has really improved from all the skill work I have been doing in my warm ups. I then did an ok 140 and jumped to 146 for a 1kg pb. I got it. It was ugly. My back was rounded. I felt terrible. But I got it. Considering I have been doing very few Clean and Jerks I am really happy with that. Due to unfortunate circumstances, Harry had to leave after the Snatch and Wayne really helped me out. I did not feel like 146 was there and just gave it everything I had. Thank god I got it.

6 comments:

brendan said...

well done Barry with the 146. You seemed to hold it up for an eternity

Laura Nolan said...

Good work on the 146 Barry - you'll be a different man come Seniors and being tapered.

Brilliant news about Neil qualifying.

bigphathar said...

Good job on the Clean & Jerk Barry; bar Sami's hiccup it was a great day all around for the Hercs lifters. Laura has far more in the tank, as do you.

Sami will bounce back when he's less fatigued from working too hard and the stress of being Irish Weightlifting's dreamboat. And let's not forget Alex's 44kg Snatch in her first (half) competition.

And I'll try to make sure I don't get burgled in the middle of the Seniors; what a ridiculous reason to have to miss the end of the competition...

Eamonn Flanagan said...

I thought you were a student again. Surely you don;t have anything worth robbing?

bigphathar said...

Actually thanks to nosey neighbours and efficient local GardaĆ­ the guy didn't get anything: They caught him at the scene and as the front door was Chubb locked and I was at the comp, they had to throw him out our front window (in handcuffs) to get him out of the house. It was that or take him out the back door and throw him over the wall (the way he got in.)

Scared the crap out of one of my other neighbours who was passing at the time with his daughter. First a man in handcuffs is thrown out through the open front window and then a guard steps through it and clatters the guy with his baton for struggling. My heart bleeds for the poor little scobe...

I'll (almost) never give out about the GardaĆ­ again...

And yes Eamonn, I'm wearing pink!

Anonymous said...

Good lifting lads!

Solid work!

Koing

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