Days fly by as I’m getting closer to participate at the Worlds Championships Powerlifting. And every day and step a long the way I’m still learning, failing, building and fine tuning things.
It even got more clear to me after last weeks central training. Meeting the other members of the Dutch team, training together and the reveal of the new costum TITAN Netherlands Singlet??. I’m very pleased being part of the team and feel honerd to wear it ?.
This week was one were I made long hours. Off and on work. That’s good for my sleep cause during bedtime I was out of this world. I didn’t just wake up but really awakened around the same time without the alarm going off…wondering what day it was.?
The transition from equipped training to classic training is a fact. Already I am noticing some changes. I actually can say…I miss my suits. Not for the fact that the suits make me lift heavier. And It’s not because I’ve forgot how to lift classic. But for the mere fact that the equipped training challenges me to get in a different zone and mindset. Now I’m invited back to digging deeper in to my self to turn on that other switch again.
After competing in Pilsen @the EK Equipped Powerlifting Championships the (local) media picked up on my achievements. Some fun stuff happened relating to that. I got recognised in the grocerie shop where I get all my food. At work when answering the phone people congratulated me. Even there I’m noticing some differences and it makes me switch between random getting the job done *classic* versus getting the job done with a twist *equipped*. It’s all appreciated and makes me place things in perspective.
People seem to understand a little bit more why I’m always carrying so much stuff around. One of the lovely ladies of the gymstaff showed me that there are lockers you can claim forever (24/7) in another part of the gym. If I’d known that since 2015 my bagcollection would not have grown so much the last 3 years ??. It’s about time to sort out my stuff ??♀️.
Yesterday’s central training showed me why I’m involved @cardiopowerlifting training. It was one for the books again. Light on paper but heavy on the ‘mind’ body and soul. On my way back home with @ilyscious I even had to stop at the gasststion to get some fuel myself ?. When finally home and eaten dinner the lights went out ?. I planned on watching TV but eventually the TV was watching me.
Today I have a restday and I am going to enjoy it to the fullest. Wishing you a lovely day as well.
And that is being equipped in powerlifting: not only setting goals but achieving them ??
10 weeks ago I decided to give equipped lifting a try. And I discovered that the difference between a wish and and a goal is: ACTION. I did not only strived to learn how to master at least a tiny bit of this style of lifting. I worked my ass of to do so and complaint just as much ?.
While writing this blog it’s saturday 14.00 o’clock in the afternoon and am waiting for Sunday ‘competitionday’ to peep its head around the corner. I AM SET on giving all I have got and more. It’s time to let my technique, strength and focus come together and work MAGIC.
By speaking it in to existence I know it will be all right. SO NO MORE FEAR ONLY the right mindset I AM ON FIRE. I got my coach there…my sister there and (gym) friends who care for me and want to see me shine.
COMPETITION DAY |And how did it actually go?
Everything I wished for and more. Eager to continue with equipped lifting. I will with the though love from coach @wimwam1 who got me this far. It would not have been able to do this without his help and persistence.
THEY NEVER SAW US COMING. During the day I dealt with some turbulation. Missed my weigh in. Bench did go as aspected….I gave it my best shot. But was not able to show all I have got in my 2nd and 3rd attempt. But most off all I am uttermost satisfied. Squats went and felt great. I know what I have to work out. Especially my WALK OUT and wearing a tighter suit. Deadlifts need some extra love on my lock out and using the suit more. I lift classic in the suit and that works against me. But hey….that only means that I am getting stronger right ?✅✅
Broke the DUTCH EQUIPPED Deadlift record with a pound!!! Pretty AWESOME. . .
Where will I start 🙂 Looking back this year gives me a lot of uncertain feelings and thoughts. And at the end the trigeminal neuralgia is gone for a year….. Believe me that is really awesome.
Nevertheless I have to cope that my live has changed after the brain operation. Step by step it’s becoming easier if I hold the boundaries I’ve got now….. Before my illness I didn’t have any boundaries in work, training etc. 🙂 Now I take my rest during the day and plan my work (even better) I feel I got more grip on it (again). Trainingsessions during the week are maximum 1 hour and in the weekend I train only once. That session does not take longer than 1,5 hour. So I’ve created a new way of training (light weight sessions 🙂 ). Besides that I found a new way of breathing (to keep the pressure out of my head) feels great. Like a little kid 🙂 Although I don’t lift the weights I did in the past. I’m able to lift on the platform again. And that gives me a lot of joy and a goal to train.
In 1987 I lifted my 1st Powerlifting Nationals (juniors at the age of 18 🙂 ) Since then I lifted at least 1 national competition per year 🙂 So 31 years in a row and still feeling like a junior.
Today Iris was my coach and Ilrish was here back support. Please read the blog of Iris and watch here video. She had a great equipped session yesterday. click here! Thank you both for your support. You did a great job.
Squats: I opened with 195kg (no sleeves), 2nd squat 207,5kg and 3rd 212,5kg
Bench press: Started with 120kg (no belt), 2nd 125kg and 3rd 127,5kg
Deadlift: 1st attempt 220kg (no belt), 2nd 235kg and 3rd 242,5kg
Total of 582,5kg and that is good for the moment. Unfortunately the next meet which I can compete will be in September……. or I have to lift a the Equipped Powerlifting Nationals at the end of this moment…… Will that be wise at this moment? No……. At the Equipped Powerlifting Nationals I got another thing to do 😉
Video of today’s Nationals. Recorded by Ilrish Kensenhuis. Thank you 🙂
What can I say. It was very awesome to lift today even though the weights are low, it felt awesome. 5 months ago it was over and now I’m standing on the platform again 😀 Since May 1987 I’m lifting Powerlifting Nationals juniors, open and masters 🙂
The last few days I did too much and my mind (brain) wasn’t fully charged today. So for a next meet I have to do what I ‘normally’ ‘did’ do for a meet…………. NOTHING………. 🙂 😀 😆
Video at the end of the blog 😉
2×8 20kg 5x70kg 5x100kg 3x130kg 2x160kg 1×180kg (belt)
Opener: 195kg (sleeves + belt)
2nd attempt: 210kg (wraps + belt) due lack of fully energy I skipped an attempt with tighter sleeves and did it straight away with knee wraps 🙂
3rd attempt: 220kg (wraps + belt)
2×8 20kg 8x50kg 5x70kg 2×3 90kg 1×110
2nd attempt: 127,5kg not totally focused and I pushed too much and therefor I skipped my 3rd attempt.
3x90kg 3x120kg 3x150kg 1x180kg 1x200kg
2nd attempt: 230kg
3rd attempt: failed 240kg I didn’t start correct and made thereby an mistake with my breathing. So I let it go.
Great support from Henk and Gerrit and very nice responses from the attendees 🙂
This week I mentioned that the upcoming Dutch Powerlifting Nationals for Masters are a memorable meet for me personally. 5 monhts ago I woke up after my operation. The surgeon came to my bed and asked if the pain was gone? I said: Yes. The surgeon: so the operation is successful and due complication you have to stop with your sport………
You can image that was a big punch in my face…….. The weeks after the operation were tough due I have to deal with that message. Ofcourse you can accept and give it up. Only the voice in my head was searching for alternatives. So few days before the control appointment in March I started to train with very light weight. During the control appointment the problems which occur during the operation became much more clear. I understand how it come that the surgeon advice me to stop my sport. Because too much pressure in my head can generate too much pressure on my bloodvains and this can cost again the pain I had. The conversation at the control appointment was confronting and the surgeon told me: When you can control the pressure and manage it to your core (belly/stomach) you can train. Wow that was a very nice gift 😀
After that I started step by step with my training and the first steps with CardioPowerLifting 😆 I was (am) very happy that I was able to train, although it is only with light weights. During the weeks I felt that although I was training with light weight, my maximum strenght was gaining 🙂 And 3 weeks ago I was for myself at a level that it is ok for me to compete on a platform. And this is awesome for me. A lot of things can change in 5 months and most of all: keep your eyes for on the things you want and search for alternative ways.
This week I also figure out that 30th years ago I competed on my first Dutch Powerlifting Nationals (years) and lifted each year at least in National Powerlifting Championship 🙂 So you can image that this makes the upcoming Nationals memorable to me.
In 1983 I did my first gymcompetition bench press in March 1985 I did my first full Powerlifting meet.
On my May 30th 1987 (1 month after I became 18) I competed in the -90kg class at the junior Nationals. It was my debuted on the Nationals. It was new for me and I was very enthusiastic for the meet. I trained very very hard for the meet. So hard that I was a little bit over my peak moment and I had to adjust my goals (in kilograms) I missed my opener in squat 190kg.
Although I squatted over the 200kg in the gym. 2 attempt was in and for my 3rd attempt only 5kg was added. That was also a good attempt.
Bench press went not that great. I pressed only my opener of 110kg and failed 2 times on 115kg.
Deadlift went great. We (the coach) decided to adjustment my opener with a lighter weight, because I was able to win the Nationals 😀 That was a great learning point, because on championships it is not about the kilograms you lift, it is about the ranking you get.
My opener was 180kg, followed by 195kg and my 3rd attempt was 210kg.
My goal in the nearby future is now to compete at the Worlds Masters. The Europeans are to earlier, otherwise I will be to eager to gain the weights in the coming weeks. After the Nationals Sunday, my first priority is to control my bodyweight and go back to the -120kg class. Than I have plenty of time to train and hopefully can wear loose suits / shirt to support my lifts.
But first things first. Sunday the Nationals Powerlifting Masters 😀