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IPF Raw Worlds was held in Killeen, TX; home of Fort Hood Army Base. While the weather was in the mid 90’s, the venue temp was comfy! With the combination of all the age classes into one World meet, this made for some very long days for the Master’s (40 years and up) as all 260 of us were lifting in the first 2.5 days of the week long event. While my start time was scheduled for 5 p.m. on Monday, I did not start lifting until 8 p.m. at night and ended with my last deadlift attempt at 11:20 p.m.!
As mentioned in my last blog, this meet was a quick sneeze after Open Nationals, leaving me 2 weeks to adjust my equipped training (supportive suits, shirts and knee wraps), to raw (singlet, belt and knee sleeves). But with two weeks down, I was ready to go.
My squats went well. I opened light with 147.5 kg (324 lbs.), then 165 kg (363 lbs.) and my last attempt of 175 kgs (385.8 lbs.), which ended up being very ugly as I lost my groove, but adjusted and got 2 white lights.
Bench was a little conservative for me. As some may know, I had a little motorcycle mishap early this year and am still rehabbing a banged up arm. L I ended with 107.5 kg (237 lbs.), missing my third attempt of 112.5 kgs (248 lbs.).
By the time deadlifts came along, I had a comfortable lead. I opened with a 185 kg (407 lbs.) deadlift, it secured the Gold. My second attempt was two-fold, selecting 205 kgs (451 lbs.). Not only did this weight bump up my existing World Record deadlift by 2.5 kgs but also secured the Best Lifter for the Master’s 1 Division. Mission accomplished. My last deadlift attempt was 217.5 kg, which should have gone, but chalking it up to a long day and the attempts now being made at 11:20 p.m. the gravity was high and the weight didn’t leave the floor.
So I wrapped up the day with a 487.5 kg (1075.7 lb.) total, which is also a Masters 1 World Record and 9.6 kgs better than my total last year at the IPF Raw Worlds.
The final podium finishers:
Next up for the year is the North American Powerlifting Championships in St. Crioux, US Virgin Islands on August 18th.
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USA Powerlifting – National Team Member