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Old 07-25-2011, 08:26 AM   #1501
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I feel the same way you do, Steve. I'm nervous to do my first comp (probably at the end of August), because I know how seriously strong some of the guys that are going to be there are. I mean, really... in the SHW class, a 350lb bench and a 500lb deadlift aren't all that impressive. But when you compare do the average joe schmo at the gym, I'm probably in the top 5% of guys there. I mean, the number of guys at my gym who I've seen bench more than 3pps is pretty slim -- you can count them on one hand, and I'm now in that group. I'm about -><- this close to deadlifting 5pps, and I can squat 4pps for reps. I may not be competitive with some of the elite guys who are in the area (and there are some guys with elite totals in the area), but I've come a LONG way from where I started... and really I only started training for strength a year ago June or so. When you consider how far I've come in just over a year, that's HUGE.

Remember, Al. Perspective is the key. You're still at the point in your career where you're gaining strength on a regular basis, AND you have already put up a big enough total for Nationals. In a year or two you should be able to go to Nationals and place in the top 2 or 3, if not win it outright. Don't underestimate where you are and where you've come from. Also, keep in mind that all this adversity you're dealing with in your training schedule can only build your character stronger. As long as you keep hitting the weights and pushing just beyond what you're capable of on a given day, you'll get to where you want to be. I have full faith in you, Mr Beast Mode.
Thanks Ken. Greatly appreciated. Winning Nationals within the next 2 years is my target.

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Old 07-25-2011, 09:15 AM   #1502
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Old 07-25-2011, 09:25 AM   #1503
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Need to get around 675kg's to make it a reality. It will happen.

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Old 07-25-2011, 04:26 PM   #1504
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Agreed with everyone on your being able to hit your goals!

As for sleeping/lack of sleep, baby stuff, etc. Remember this is all new to you. Your body will adjust to the new norm, whatever it becomes. Also, plan ahead with meals, so you always have stuff on hand to keep the eating on track. At least a day in advance. That way you also don't have to think about it the next day, or worse, eat crap instead of good food.

A few months from now, you will have adjusted and forgotten all about your current troubles. Of course, you will have all new troubles, but that's for another day.

Point is keep plugging away and don't be so hard on yourself. But you already know that.
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Old 07-25-2011, 04:33 PM   #1505
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It's easy to be blinded sometimes with all of the YouTube footage I see of non tested, multi ply lifting. When you put my numbers in the context of a RAW, tested competition, I am a lot more competitive than I sometimes give myself credit for.
Im the same myself Al. Ive never thought about competing untill just recently because I did not think I would stand a slightest chanse, which it occured to me I probably will.

And dont be hard on youreself, you recently squatted 190x3, that is beastly weight moved brother!!
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Old 07-25-2011, 04:36 PM   #1506
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Old 07-26-2011, 03:28 AM   #1507
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Agreed with everyone on your being able to hit your goals!

As for sleeping/lack of sleep, baby stuff, etc. Remember this is all new to you. Your body will adjust to the new norm, whatever it becomes. Also, plan ahead with meals, so you always have stuff on hand to keep the eating on track. At least a day in advance. That way you also don't have to think about it the next day, or worse, eat crap instead of good food.

A few months from now, you will have adjusted and forgotten all about your current troubles. Of course, you will have all new troubles, but that's for another day.

Point is keep plugging away and don't be so hard on yourself. But you already know that.
Thanks Mike. Your tip on preparing food is definitely true and useful! She actually slept like an angel last night. If she misbehaves I really need to make it home earlier to relieve Mrs LtL but she didn't so I get to go and train tonight.

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And dont be hard on youreself, you recently squatted 190x3, that is beastly weight moved brother!!
Thanks man. Just as an FYI though the freak who beat me at regionals totalled 662.5kg's at the weekend RAW and drug free. Pulled 272.5kg's or 600lb's!!! I'll post the video later. NOW I'm motivated!!!

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Old 07-26-2011, 03:46 AM   #1508
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It will. You are different gravy Al, your personality won't allow for failure and as long as you stay healthy I am in no doubt you will achieve your goals. I'm definitely coming to watch you in the nationals so long as I'm not off fighting wars
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It will. You are different gravy Al, your personality won't allow for failure and as long as you stay healthy I am in no doubt you will achieve your goals. I'm definitely coming to watch you in the nationals so long as I'm not off fighting wars
Me too buddy, so I'll see you there (the only wars I'll be fighting are with Mrs Carl wanting to know why i want to meet people on the internet that i dont even know lol, man, she thinks I am a total geek )

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