Written by Team Juggernaut
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Last Sunday, we took 5 lifters to the worst most digusting city ever… Lexington, to compete in a USAW meet. For 3 of our lifters, Nathan, Lauren, and Lauren, it was their first meet.
Lauren C. – Lauren has been about to shit herself with nervousness all week. This was not only her first oly meet, but her first competition of any kind so she has been driving me bat shit crazy all week talking about how nervous she was. I was really happy to see her come out and hit her first lift and get it out of the way. Even though she shorted the pull quite a bit, it was a light enough weight that it didn’t matter. She did the same thing on the second one, then I told her to just go power snatch the 3rd one. We opened her clean & jerk too light, even her last one was pretty easy, but it gives us some room for improvement next time, and she got a total in her first meet so I am pretty pleased.
Lauren F. – Lauren opened a little closer to her 1rm on both the snatch and the C&J. I attribute her first two misses on the snatch to nerves, and I would say that I was really proud that she went out and nailed the 3rd attempt on the snatch to stay in the meet, but I am not even sure that she knew if she missed it she would be out of the meet. Anyhow, it was really great that she went out and hit it after dumping it in front of her twice. She was also able to come away with a total in her first meet.
Sarah – This was Sarah’s second competition and she has improved her accuracy greatly since the first one in June…… Then she came out and missed her first Snatch. I am not going to let her chalk it up to nerves, she is a vet now. She shorted the pull quite a bit, but promptly corrected herself and nailed her next two attempts. She was good for 2/3 on both snatch and C&J which gave her a 17kg meet PR… Which I was pleased about.
Nathan – Nathan opened pretty low compared to his training PR’s, but we wanted him to come out and nail a couple lifts, gain some confidence and make sure that we got him a total in his first meet. He was good for 2/3 on both snatch and clean & jerk, missing his 3rd lift on each. I think that he made his jump between 2nd and 3rd attempts a little too large, but since he opened so low the weights were weights he had hit before.
Ryan Brown- My snatches actually felt really shitty in the warmup area. I accidentally missed a couple of my warmup reps. I think I missed both 85 and 90 once each. I was still a little forward on the 2 that I hit but it was good for a 6kg meet PR in the snatch. The third attempt was awful as hell, and I knew that I had no shot as soon as it passed my knees. Watching the video it makes it look closer than it felt, when I did it I didn’t even think I ever pulled it above my head. My jerk was obviously still causing me problems. Maybe I should have opened a little lower, (obviously) but I am stubborn and couldn’t imagine me missing that 3 times in a row. Guess I really showed myself who was boss. The cleans felt easy though. So, that is cool I guess.