12 Jan Zane Geeting, 2015 APF Winter Classic results with video
This was my first time back on the platform in close to 2 years. I went in with no expectations other than to get a feel for a meet again. I had not pulled heavy in several weeks, and wasn’t sure where my strength would be at.
My wife and I drove down to Kalamazoo Friday afternoon in a blizzard. There was a 120+ car pile-up including a semi carrying fireworks and another with 40k lbs. of hazardous material on our planned route. Needless to say, we had to detour and spend more time on the road than I would have liked.
We arrived at the meet hotel around 5:30-6:00pm for weigh-ins. I had no idea where my BW was, but I wasn’t worried about it either way. I had been drinking and eating on the way down as I was using this as a warm-up meet for the Arnold. I basically went in treating it like a heavy training session. I stepped on the scale at 222 lbs. Lighter than I would have thought, which puts me in a really good spot or the Arnold. I can gain a few more lbs. and not have to worry about much of a cut at all.
After weigh-ins we ate some food and relaxed for the rest of the night. Nothing too exciting there.
The next morning we also took our time getting to the meet. Since it was a push/pull and I was only deadlifting there was no reason to rush. I did help handle my friend and training partner Greg McMillan, who had an awesome first meet back since a hip replacement. Greg is 63 years old, and has been powerlifting for over 40 years. The dude is the definition of a badass, and he had a great day as usual. Greg hit a 373 bench and a 578 pull with a very close attempt at 606. Keep in mind here that not only is Greg 63 years old with a recent hip replacement, he’s also a 198 lifter. Super proud to call Greg a friend.
That being said, here’s how things went once it was time for me to get going:
Deadlift warm ups
I took 1 plate jumps all the way up to 585.
1st attempt- 633
2nd attempt- 705
– Obviously both pulls went well and were very easy. I did have to pass on my third due to the fact that something in my left lat tore on the 2nd attempt. I’m hoping it was just scar tissue from an old injury, but I didn’t want to risk hurting it worse this close to the Arnold. I would have loved to make a jump to 733 or so, but it is what it is.
So, that was it. I know I’m in a good spot strength wise, and everything ran smoothly as far as warm-ups and attempts. These were the main things I wanted to feel out before the meet.
Dan Dalenberg and the rest of the crew put on a great meet. It was great seeing some friendly faces and meeting some new people. I think that’s always the best part of meets. With all the time and effort that we put into this crazy sport, its nice to be able to enjoy it and have fun. I highly recommend these APF MI meets for anyone looking to get their feet wet in a quality federation, or just looking to do a great meet, that’s well run, by good people.
Thanks to everyone who’s been helping and following along the way, especially Brian Carroll and Game Plan Nutrition its very appreciated. Now lets keep things going for the Arnold.
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