Last sunday my first equipped meet took place.
I am still over the moon about my performance on that stage. I ended one chapter of my lifting carreer to start reading another one.
Coach gave me some rest so I could recover from all of this. And I used my spare time to do so.
That does not mean I didn’t see the gym at all. I went to the gym several times and focused on mobility work and light weight exercises.
Yesterday I had my first central training. It felt heavy. Heavy on my body and my mind.
If you would tell me that I moved all that weight 505,5 KG in total at the equipped meet I would tell you that it was not me but a body double. So at this point I am not that happy about myself, and my first training of the new cycle. And the real deal has yet to come. PLAYTIME is over.
I have to find the switch to turn that unhappy feeling in something positive. Because I know there is a lot to be excited for.
□ International competitions
□ The opportunity to develop myself as a more skilled athlete,
□ Learn a lot more about lifting and myself.
With my equipped performance last week I was able to get invited to participate at the European Championship Equipped Powerlifting in Pilsen [ Czech Republic ]. Not in in a million years I would have thought I would be doing such a thing. Knowing that powerlifting started as a joke and just for fun. And within 2 years it has became the real deal.
Just as real as the tickets that are booked to Canada where I’ll be participating at the World Championship Powerlifting in Calgary. ✔⚪⚪⚪✔. Talking about FUN stuff right.
Without having fun there is nothing to it. So that is what I am going to have from now on even now PLAYTIME IS OVER.
The new cycle is leading to Dutch Nationals that is 48 days and 14 hours away. So buckle your seatbelt. It’s going to be a bumpy right.
Today I just made 11 sets of 8 reps with empty bar (in different variations) 🙂 Just to focus on recovery of my right abductor. I can walk and do every thing, only when I generate some pressure I feel pain. nevertheless I can continue my excersises. See what the reaction tomorrow will be and if I can do some empty bars squats again, so I can do some weight on the bar on Sunday 🙂 After the squats I did some light weight deadlift. Tomorrow I want to do some light weight RDL’s. I used also my new hex bar 🙂 just for 3 sets for 3 reps with 125kg. Bench press with good and I want to do some heavier light weights on Sunday 🙂
Okay here the video of all the deadlift attempts of @inspirised at the Dutch Equipped Powerlifting Nationals of last Sunday. Including the new Dutch Record of 230,5kg. With this attempt she qualified herself for the European Equipped Powerlifting Championships in May 2018.
This meet is a very a nice steps towards her Worlds Classic Powerlifting in June 2018.
Today’s training started good. Warm-up went good. The light weight squat sets felt good 3×5 90kg. First 2 sets front squat felt good. Only in the 3rd set during the 2nd rep I felt my legmuscle again. Not sure what happened. It felt like something was being pulled loose. Possibly something of an adhesion was pulled loose, because at this stage I felt my muscle and I can’t bent it normally. Just to be sure I skipped my deadlift sets. Bench press felt good 3×5 105kg.
Squats 3×5 90kg
Front squats 2×5 60kg pause 3rd set just 2 reps
Bench press 3×5 105kg
Yesterday’s training felt good at the start and therefore I was easygoing during my squats sets. For a moment I let go of my focus on my technique and strained my right abductor in my 2nd set in 2nd rep. Nevertheless I continued my training and did my 3rd set and bring back my focus on my technique. Gladly I strained lightly my abductor and was able to deadlift. My starting position was a little higher than I normally do. The focus on my technique helps me to work around the (small) injury. The abductor is helping ‘the core’ of your upper leg and when you can stay focus on your technique you can do more what you think than on that moment 😉
Please also read yesterday’s blog of Ricky Bakker, click here!