Build up to the British Masters Olympic Weightlifting Competition – 2 weeks to go

I’m pleased to report that my hamstring tweak had mostly cleared itself up by Tuesday, so I was able to train as I’d intended. There was still a little soreness there, but 98% there. However, that didn’t prevent the disaster that was Tuesday’s snatches!

Tuesday followed my normal routine of snatches for 45ish mins then some form of WOD. I’d hoped to recover from last weeks debacle, quickly move up to 70kg and pop out 3 good 70kg snatches. Well, that turned out to be ridiculously ambitious! I only succeeded in dropping six 70kg snatches in a row, and pretty must destroying what little confidence I had in doing them.

I think that over a year of working out on my own in Cardiff at Aspire Fitness, with no one to watch my form, has really taken its toll on my technique. After the BWLA British Masters, I think I need to go back to the drawing board with my snatch. Even now, 3 years on, they still don’t feel right and there’s too much variability. So it looks like I’ll be starting at 65kg in the comp.

Not wishing to do myself another injury this close to the comp, I finished with a named Crossfit WOD: Annie. I scaled it by dropping the first round, making it: 40-30-20-10 of double unders and situps, which I achieved in 9:57

On Wednesday things got a bit better. Clean and Jerks are harder to cock up on technique and I worked up to three good 95kg C&Js, which will be my starting weight, making a total of 160 to start with, which is more than the 150kg minimum starting total for my category. If you don’t know, your starting total must be at least the qualifying standard minus 15kg.

I followed this with a derivation of Crossfit 3D’s WOD from the other day:

AMRAP in 10 minutes of:
– 3 x 60kg power cleans
– 6 push ups
– 9 kettle bell swings @ 16kg

In which I managed exactly 8 rounds. Again this was scaled down after 40 mins of clean and jerks and so as to not do myself a mischief.

In other news, my weight *just* about on target but I still have a few pounds left to loose. Fingers crossed it won’t be a major drama. I’ll post up a weight chart from 1st Jan next week. To be honest, I’ll be quite happy when this competition is over, I’m deep in the “why am I doing this” stage of preparation, but I know I always go through this, it’s just you mind playing games with you. Ho hum.

{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Jane Holgate 18 March 2010, 10:41 pm

    Hey Col, It’s good to get all the bad lifts out of the way now, you’ll be cool on the day I am sure. I always do better if I think I’ve got nothing to lose.. makes me more relaxed. Good luck on the day anyway!
    That 3D AMRAP was great wasn’t ? – I really enjoyed it!
    See ya soon x

  • Colin McNulty 19 March 2010, 4:24 am

    Cheers Jane. I know I usually do better on the day, what with the extra adrenaline and all that, but once, just once, it’d be nice to go into a competition actually feeling prepared for it!

  • Jane Holgate 19 March 2010, 10:53 am

    You’ve still got a week to get a couple of good lifts in … don’t go for perfect form just ftfu (a good tip I got from Mr Steadman – means “fling the … up!” ) – and try and enjoy the comp! x

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