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October 08, 2014

2nd place - New Zealand Powerlifting Championships

So last week I competed in the NZPF National Champs and here's my long overdue breakdown about the event. I weighed in at about 72kg and competed in the U74kg Junior division. Here were my attempts:

Squat: 180/190/200(miss) 
Bench: 100/105(miss)/105(miss)
Deadlift: 230/243(miss)/X 
Total: 520kg

Squat went pretty good with a 10kg competition PB. The 190kg felt way more comfortable than I expected so I went for the big 200kg on the 3rd attempt. Ended up missing it because I got over excited and didnt remain grounded enough. I accidentally changed my setup and ended up losing tightness out of the bottom as a result. 

The bench press didn't go too well for me. I opened up with a very comfortable 100kg. I was originally aiming for 110kg on my third but that 105kg sent me back down to earth (twice).

Deadlifts
 were equally as disappointing with the fact that I had huge expectations going in. I was planning on setting a new junior record in the kg class with a 243kg pull. The day had dragged on and those previous missed attempts really took a toll on my nervous system. In the warm up room my lifts were feeling slow and I felt like passing out after each warm up that was 200+. There was even a point where I was actually getting kinda scared that I would miss my opener of 230 and bomb out, however when the time came I actually got it up without much difficulty at all. I went for the record attempt on my 2nd feeling pretty invincible; had my head in the game and all that shit. Broke it off the floor but just couldn't follow through haha. By then I was exhausted and my body was a wreck so I ended up passing my 3rd attempt. 


Technically the best and worst meet I've ever done haha. +30kg onto my previous comp total but only hitting 4/8 attempts (wtf). I went in a bit too ambitious and the Iron sure did put me in my place. Even though I didn't do as well as I wanted to it was a great experience. I had a lot of fun, met heaps of cool people and I sure did learn a lot. Big thanks to my coaches John Strachan and Troy Cleave for everything they've taught me as well as handling on the day of the day of the comp, all my team mates at Velca Powerlifting A-Team for their constant support  and Troy Cleave for everything they've taught me as well as handling on the day of the day of the comp, all my team mates at Velca Powerlifting A-Team for their constant support and comradery. My fellow lifters from Auckland Powerlifting (was awesome sharing the platform with you guys) and lastly to all of you guys who have been supporting me on this journey. It really does mean a lot to me. 

What's next for me? Hmmm Oceanias looks tempting... 

- Jak 

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