First up from the @scottishpowerlifting Eastern District competition is client @harcusn with support from @brian533
Lifts from the comp -
Squat - 107.5, 112.5, 117.5x (Depth)
Bench - 62.5, 67.5x (missed start command), 67.5x
Deadlift - 125, 135, 140
Total - 315kg @71.2kg
4th/12 in the 72kg class
Videos - 117.5x Squat, 67.5x Bench, 140 Deadlift
At the best of times Nicola struggles with comp day nerves which can be so bad she gets nauseous and, as with everyone, squats are a bit mental barrier. As we can see, her 117.5kg moved well but anxiety got the better of her for depth this time.
Due to reasons unexplained (presumably glutes off the bench) the ref to Nicolas right would not give a signal to allow for the start command. When the head ref leaned over to ask for a reason, Nicola misheard and thought she had been given the signal. Despite having missed a command she was given a press instead of rack command and then two red lights. We'll call this an unfortunate mistake and takeaway the positive that 67.5kg moved on the day even if the lift wasn't given.
Having pulled out of a couple of competitions last year after a freak injury to her back, Nicola has overcome a lot of worry leading into this competition. For months any deadlift above 90-100kg caused her to panic as she worried about reinjuring her back. On Sunday we set a comp PB.
Although squats and bench didn't quite go as planned, we were delighted to walk away with a deadlift PB and 4th place of 12 lifters in the 72kg as (possibly) the only M1 lifter in the weight class.
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