I had my meet this weekend. It went well in some ways and not so well in others. I weighed in at 275.4 meet morning. I competed in the raw division with a belt and neoprene sleeves. I registered in the ELITE Open division and was drug tested at the end of the meet.
I warmed up and felt very strong. I was tight and loose at the same time. Any one who has had a good day in the gym knows that great feeling. I warmed up to 545 and waited for my turn. I opened with 650. This went well so I jumped to 705 for a 5lb pr. I stood up a little too easy and knew it was probably high. 2 reds showed so I took it again. I put it down where it need to be for whites. Good lift!
Video of 705 raw squat
I had the best bench meet cycle ever for this meet. Everything I did was a PR. I doubled 500, did 480 for 3, and 405 for 11 during the cycle. I warmed up to 425 and waited for my turn. I opened with 490 and it was easy. I told John to put 530 on. I went for 530 and I missed it badly the first time. Nothing bad happened or made it that way. It just didnt go up as planned. I called for 530 again. This time I got it about 3 inches from lockout and lost it. Close but not close enough.
Video of close miss with 530 raw bench
I went into this meet with zero expectations for the deadlift. I had the worst meet cycle I have ever had for the pull and things never clicked. My goal was to try and pull whatever I needed to for a 5lb total PR. Since I missed 530 on the bench this pretty much put a PR total out of reach. Knowing that I still wanted to finish the meet and give it my best. I started warming up conventional and moved to sumo right away. My bench blew my back up and conventional didnt seem like a good idea. I went sumo and warmed up to 495 and it felt oddly good. I then did 585 and again this felt great. I thought maybe I can salvage this meet after all. I opened with 650 and it went well. I took 705 on a second with a lot of confidence. I set up, took my initial pull and my left quad/ITB camped up and I put it down. I passed on my third as it wasnt worth risking an injury for a sub PR pull. I am going to look into some ART or graston for my leg as it has been am issue for years.
Video of 650 opener
I squatted 705 and Im proud of that. I am going to do a meet in July and nail that 530 bench though. I need to address my DL asap. The beatings will continue.
I hope you can get the IT band issues solved, and then come back and get that 530 bench. So damn close.