Well I went to the Northern Masters Olympic Weightlifting in Keighley, Yorkshire at the weekend, along with several other members of Crossfit Manchester. I’ll get the video edited and uploaded sometime next week (I haven’t got round to getting it off the camcorder yet). Long story short my lifts were:
Snatch: 65, 70, 75F
C & J: 90, 100F, 105F
Given my lack of preparation for this competition, I didn’t feel comfortable starting higher than 65 on the Snatch, and I was pleased to get the 70, as that’s the first time this year I’ve snatched 70kg.
The 90kg Clean and Jerk was simple enough and I went up a big 10kg, cleaned the 100 but didn’t get the jerk (same as last time at the Yorkshire Open Weightlifting Competition). I was going to have another crack at the 100 but was convinced to go for death or glory at 105, aiming for the 175 total I needed for to qualify for the British Weight Lifting Association 2009 British Championships. I didn’t even get the clean up. :S
However it’s not all doom and gloom. Bill Barton, the guy who runs the BWLA Masters (held at Lilleshall, Shropshire) knew what I was trying to do, and told me to put my application for the British Masters Championships in anyway! Woot!
I have to say, there’s a part of me that feels like a cheat if I get to go and lift in the British Masters without meeting the qualifying totals, however I am very sure that with the extra month of practice, I’ll be able to lift the 175 total actually on the day, and then I’ll feel much better about it all. So the race is still on for that elusive 75kg Snatch and 100kg Clean&Jerk!
The other Crossfit members acquitted themselves well, as ever. Bev was particularly spectacular, not only winning the best female lifter overall award, but lifting only 4kg off the British Record for clean and jerk. Very impressive.
Oh and interestingly, I met 2 people there who had visited this blog! Les and Michael, if you come back, do please comment! 🙂