Good stuff Rich! Definitely, Ltl was instrumental in helping me prepare. There is no shortage of members here willing to help.
That first meet in Vernon was one of the best days of my entire life. I owe alot to Steve for convincing me to do it. I had the same reservations as you, but none of that mattered once I got there.
I swear, the Powerlifters I met both in Vernon and in Vegas, were some of the best people I have ever met period. I quite often didn't even feel I was actually competing in the sense that everyone was very respectful and willing to help me even tho I was competing against them. I think they always want everyone to be at there best. Just great group of guys and gals!
Last but not least, I met the Crew at my first meet. The rest is history.