The competition at the weekend went very well. Interestingly, it didn’t feel like it went that well, considering I missed half the lifts. However the results speak for themselves. I had 3 goals, in descending order of importance:
- Lift 165 total to qualify for the BWLA British Masters Weightlifting competition in 2010 (77kg body weight category)
- Lift a body weight snatch for the first time ever.
- Lift a 175 total to qualify for the 2010 British Masters in the 85kg category (in case I’m over weight come March).
I planned to do these lifts:
- Snatch 1 = 70kg
- Snatch 2 = 76kg (body weight)
- Snatch 3 = 80kg
- Clean & Jerk 1 = 90kg
- Clean & Jerk 2 = 95kg
- Clean & Jerk 3 = 100kg
As you will see in the video below, I got my first snatch and the 76kg body weight snatch on the 3rd snatch. The 90kg C&J then gave me the 165 total I needed, so I went up to 99kg C&J in order to have 2 goes at getting a 175 total. Well, why don’t you watch the video and you’ll see what happened. Click through to YouTube if you want to see it in HD:
As you can see, a scrappy affair really. The Snatches never felt really comfortable. To be honest I messed up the warm up, for both Snatch and Clean and Jerks, I warmed up too soon and then had to stretch them out. Things I need to work on:
- Snatch – I still need to get the bar landing consistently over head.
- Clean – I’m still hitting the bar too low down on my thighs, which is shooting the bar forward instead of up.
- Jerk – Dipping too low is sending the bar forward and also not getting my hips under the bar, as I showed in the freeze frame.
Despite the 3 drops and the poor form shown, I still managed to qualify for the BWLA British Masters next year, and get a body weight snatch which is a milestone I’ve been working towards ever since I started snatching (and level 3 on the Athletic Skill Levels, if you’re interested). So it was a successful day.