I had a great time on Saturday when I finally got to meet a few of my cyber friends (or is that old schools talk? FB buddies then). We met up at Stockholm's Atletklubb (Olympic Lifting club) and played around with all the equipment! After training we went out for a well deserved post workout pizza (yumzerz!). We all took the afternoon off and met up again in the evening for more food and some talking :] Fantastic weekend in so many ways.
I started my session with some snatches and C&J. Haven't really had any excellent sessions lately and the weight has been moderate/low. I managed to do three singles at 50kg though, which is pretty damn good if you haven't been over 40kg in months. I think all that technique training is starting to pay off! I wanted to see if I could break my old PR of 52.5kg (going for 55kg) but after two failed attempts I decided to give that up (and go for those two last singles at 50kg instead).
After not having pulled a barbell deadlift in months I could feel the DL itch... So once I thought I was done with the Oly stuff I jumped at the chance of testing my strength. The reason for not having pulled in a few months is of course not because DL's are no longer in my program... They've just been replaced with trap bar deadlifts which has done wonder for my trap engagement. It's like I can actually USE mid and lower traps as well when pulling, rather than just cheat and let my poor lower back take the hit. It's also a bit easier to sit back which means more glutes and hammies (=stronger lift yey!).
I started out with a single at 80kg and one at 90kg. Felt pretty good so I prepared to put on 100kg (previous PR). But then I remembered something that I've been told more than once. If you doubt you can do it, put on another 2.5kg (102.5kg total). So I did. I gave conventional a try first (because I'd prefer it!), but it didn't give at all so I went with sumo. I managed to pull it almost all the way up, but lost my balance somehow (sending the video to my coach to see what the hell happened). I had to drop the bar. I was mildly irritated because obviously I couldn't let this piece of shit get to me. I went away from the bar, slapped myself hard in the face (this explains the chalk) and just did it. It was a slow and ugly lift, but I locked out and I WON dammit! Next step 105kg...See you soon :]
And here's a pic;