Super behind in the log. So much going on. I closed on my home and I'm trying to get it ready to move in (e.g. painting, buying furniture and redoing the kitchen) so my weekends are devoted to that. This past Saturday I held the New York Grip Throw Down 3 grip competition and it was a huge success. We had 19 people compete. Lots of PRs and a great time with great people. I'm not going to bother logging the workouts I forgot to in the log since the only major highlights where caught on video in the log above. Here is a recap on how I did on each event.
Event 1 - 20mm Block Gripper
- This is obviously my strongest event and I was hoping to set a new comp PR and tie my training PR by getting my 192 gripper. But things didn't go as planned.....
Attempt 1 = I opened with my 185.8 gripper and got it but not as easy as it usually is so I was concerned right off the bat. my set technique felt off. This happens from time to time when I focus on wide set work and my set gets funky.
Attempt 2 = Missed my 189.85 and I was pissed. I just closed this last month at out mock comp training session no problem and I close it consistently with the block all the time. Again my set felt horrible. Pinky was in the wrong spot and was sliding off the end of the handle.
Attempt 3 = Missed the 189.85 again. I actually stopped the attempt pretty quick because the set felt so dam bad. jedd said I was super close and might have gotten it if I didn't quit so fast but I was just super pissed with the set and it messed with my head.
Attempt 4 = Time to man up. I knew I had to commit this time. I got the 189.85 this time finally by digging deep. I even got light headed which often happens to me on heavy gripper attempts. This ties my competition PR from this past summer. This close ranks me third on gripsport.org but I really wanted the 192 to move to second. oh well, next time.
Event 2 - Euro Two Hand Pinch
- We used Jedd's euro which has an awesome texture. I typically pull 10lbs more on it then mine. My PR of 208.2 was on this device. I knew I had a chance at a new PR since my pinch is stronger since the last time I have tried this euro.
Attempt 1 - I opened conservatively with 199.5 and got it no problem. I always like to start light with raising bar event to make sure I don't bomb out.
Attempt 2 - got 204.64. I probably should have went higher. I'm too dam conservative.
Attempt 3 - Got 209.99 for a brand new PR!
Attempt 4 - wow, just missed 215.09. It was less than 1/2 inch from the cross bar. So pissed. I should have made 209.99 my 2nd attempt and saved the energy for this weight. I probably would have gotten it that way. Oh well, next time. Still very happy to PR.
Event 3 - DO Axle
- my axle can be very inconsistent so I had no clue what to expect.
Attempt 1 - I opened conservatively again to get on the board with 323.7 and got it no problem.
Attempt 2 - got a competition PR with 339.75. because of my past ankle issues I haven't been able to do comps with the axle for a long time so I haven't had chances to PR.
Attempt 3 - WOW, just missed a new PR of 345.1. It was right freaking there. I just had to lock out my back a little more. Argh!
Attempt 4 - tried 345.1 again but this attempt wasn't as good. I gave it all on the last one.
- Pretty happy with the axle considering all the ankle problems. My ankle continues to get stronger. I'm still not 100% but I'm very happy to continue to move in the right direction. I was actually walking pretty well after the comp and the next day when in the past I was struggling to walk during a comp. Hell, I even ran for the first time since the surgery the next day. I was amazed by that. I'll be back stronger than ever.
I ended up finishing second to Jedd in the overall rankings out of 19 guys which is what I was hoping for (Jedd is out my league for now). I'm happy with tying my gripper PR, setting a new pinch and axle PR and narrowly missing even higher pinch and axle numbers.
tomorrow I will resume training for nationals in June. I haven't been to nationals since 2012 when my ankle was already starting to decline. Looking forward to going back.
Edited by Chez, 21 April 2015 - 07:43 PM.