11/1/14 was a good day. There’s no other way to put it.
As explained in my last post, this meet was going to be my first as a 69kg lifter, and hopefully put me in a position to qualify for every major international meet in 2015. Leading up to the meet, I was able to hold my weight consistent at 69ish-70kg. The week before when I was supposed to be going very heavy and peaking, I came down with some sort of stomach bug. Thankfully, the actual phase of feeling sick only lasted a day, but my GI system was messed up for the better part of the week, and I took a few extra days from training off just in case- less is more, after all. A week out from the meet I did manage to hit a 111 clean and jerk with no taper, so I liked my chances for the actual meet.
The weigh in
The day of, I had what had become a normal breakfast and helped with the kids’ soccer practice. Thanks to my wife, I was able to mobilize and get a nap in before heading to Fortius for a 2pm weigh in. I skipped lunch just in case, planning to eat afterwards. Turns out I had more than enough wiggle room, as I weighed in at 68.1kg! Almost a full kg under what I needed. I threw down a bunch of chicken, salad and rice and had plenty of time before warm ups.
My plan was to open with 77, then hopefully go 82 and 86. I figured even with an awful day, hitting 77, combined with what I knew I could clean and jerk, would at least qualify me for Pan Ams and Nationals next year. My coach Dave Miller wanted me to open higher, and I think for future meets I definitely will listen to his advice. I just feel that in general my snatch is somewhat inconsistent, and if I miss my opener it totally derails me. Getting my opening lift is critical, and it always makes me want to open well below what I’m capable off.
Anyways, I hit the 77 and 82 with no trouble. 86 was a little forward and I had to jump forward to go get it but otherwise it was an easy lift. Overall, 3/3 on the snatch, and in great position going into the clean and jerk. Based on how I felt I think I could have hit 89-90kg which would have been a lifetime PR.
The clean and jerk
My plan was 102, 107 and hopefully 111. All I had to do was hit 102 and everything was in the bag after having hit 86 in the snatch. In 2014 the qualifying total for World’s was 187, and unless the total moved up quite a bit for 2015 I knew I had this. In addition, the number of participants at World’s was fairly low this year- I would have taken third in the 69kg class! Knowing that the qualifying totals are adjusted to encourage or limit participation as needed (meaning, if not many people are historically participating, the totals are low, and if there’s a bunch of people they raise the total), I suspected the totals for 2015 wouldn’t go up much, if at all.
102 was easy. 107 crashed on me a bit, but I stood it up easily and the jerk was no question. At this point, everything was gravy. I already had a 193 total and had won my weight class, but figured I might as well stick to the plan and get 111- give myself a bit of extra padding in case the qualifying totals moved a bunch, but not get greedy and say, go for a lifetime PR (116 in this case).
111 was forward, as a lot of my cleans tend to be around this weight. I managed to pull under, and the recovery was easy. Once I nailed the jerk, I just had a feeling of pure elation- standing with a barbell over 1.6x bodyweight, locked out overhead, hitting my goals, going 6 for 6… just an amazing day.
This video (thanks to CrossFit Fortius for live streaming everything) has all my lifts- snatches are at 10:50, 13:50 and 23:00, and clean and jerks are at 1:08:40, 1:14:30, and 1:21:40.
Result- 6/6, Sn 86, Cl/J 111, Total 197, 1st in the 69kg category.
As for the next phase, I’m going to take a few days to just mess around and recover, then plan out the attack for 2015. At a minimum, my plan is to go to Nationals and one international meet- Pan Ams or Worlds. I’m definitely staying as a 69kg- I’m just more competitive, I look better, I feel better… as my coach said, “it’s just a better weight class for you”.