11 Mar Zane Geeting, XPC finals write up with videos
Where to start?
I guess I’ll start where I left off last. After my water load ended Wed evening, I skipped dinner, had a small protein shake before bed, and woke up Thursday morning at 220.5 lbs. That was it, 12 lb. cut, no sweating, no diuretics, etc. I actually felt pretty good still, so I decided not to eat or drink until after weigh ins that afternoon. My thought was that in the event of a tie, the extra couple lbs. I’d be down, would help me on formula. I didn’t know if this would come into play, but it certainly couldn’t hurt.
I hit the scale at 217.4 that afternoon, then started rehydrating and eating. I actually forgot to bring my scale with me, so I wasn’t able to monitor how well my weight went back on, but I knew it wasn’t going to be an issue as soon as I started eating and drinking. That evening my wife and I stopped to hang out with the Carroll’s and John Byrd. These are top notch people, ones I’m very proud to call friends. Plus Byrd and I are the beaten down, torn everything members of the team, so we have a special bond, lol.
After that we met up with Derek Wilcox and his beautiful bride Emily for dinner at Olive Garden. Derek and I passed the salt shaker, A LOT, and got some of our weight back on. Both of us looked like concentration camp survivors earlier in the day, so it was nice to hammer some extra carbs and sodium before heading back to the hotel for the night. You want to talk about a powerhouse lifting couple, Derek and Emily both have pro totals in PL. I can’t think of any other couple that has this, plus competes in all the disciplines they do (Strongman, Highland Games, Raw, Multi ply, etc. ) Again, great people that I’m very glad to call friends.
The next morning the wife and I hit Bob Evans and crushed it. I had all intentions of making it over to the meet to watch Brandon Crabill compete in the morning session, but I got a little too crazy with the food and had to lay down for a bit. After another nap we ate a light lunch then headed over to the meet site (meat sight). I was pretty pissed off when I discovered I had been put in the first flight of lifters, while most of the 220’s were in the second flight (some that were opening lighter than me) this really screws your ability to go head to head with someone, especially when you’re a good deadlifter like I am. A lot of times you can take what you need for a placing on the DL as you’ll be going last. In cases where your flight is done before the other people lift, you cannot do this. It didn’t wind up being an issue as I didn’t lift as good as I should have, but it was inconvenient anyways.
As warm ups got started, I knew I was in a good spot. Here’s how squats went:
up to 350 raw
up to 530×1
– These all felt excellent. Speed was good, and depth was easy.
Opener- 775- Good lift
– I see people making posts online about squats being high… I guess I don’t see it.
2nd attempt- 825- No lift, got forward, couldn’t come up with the weight.
– This is where I noticed that the platform was leaning forward. These things happen at a lot of meets because you’re at the mercy of how the stage is built. I knew what I had to do to adjust, and I did it for my third.
3rd attempt- 825- Good lift.
– I didn’t get my hips underneath me fast enough, but luckily I figured it out and made it happen. I was just starting to tip forward when I got the rack command, so thank God it came when it did.
– Overall I’m very happy with the squats. While I had planned on hitting something more in the 855-865 range, I’ll take this considering the good depth and less than perfect platform.
Bench turned out to be a little tougher for me. I was very worried about the pec strain I suffered 12 days out from the meet. I had done everything I could to make sure it was as healed as possible, but I had no idea what to expect. Here’s how warm ups when there.
Huge old shirt
up to 285×1
Less huge shirt, still sized for a 308 lifter, lol.
375×3- 3 board
415×1- 2 board
465×1- 1 board
– I could feel the strain in the pec, but the shirt seemed to be putting a good amount of pressure on it and it wasn’t getting any worse.
Opener- 510- Called on ass coming up
2nd attempt- 510- Called on jumping press command.
– So here I was, about to bomb on bench after everything I had been through. There wasn’t a chance in hell I was going to let that happen.
3rd attempt- 510- Good lift
– As you can see, the weight was stupid light for me, even in the giant shirt. I had really planned on going more in the 550-560 range here. But again, I was just happy to make it through and be in the meet, and in once piece. The pec held up perfectly.
Moving on to the deadlift warm ups. This is my bread and butter, but after I saw some of the big bench PR’s a few of the other 220’s had hit, I knew I was pretty much out of the running. There were 3 or 4 guys who couldn’t touch me at this point, but at least 3-4 that I didn’t have a chance at beating either. Now, for those of you who’ve been following my log, you know I tore my left biceps (underhand) 5 weeks out from the meet. It was a good sized tear in the myotendinous junction complete with sub q bleeding and the whole 9. I had been kicking around the idea of hook gripping, but having not trained it, I knew it was a pipe dream. I decided to let it ride and see if the biceps would hold up, or tear more. I went into warm ups feeling strong, despite the fact that I had a huge question mark with the biceps and the fact that I hadn’t used a deadlift suit in 2 years, lol.
Loose briefs from when I was 242.
– So far so good.
Opener- 700- Good lift
– This one was a piece of cake. I knew that my placing was going to be shit, so I just jumped to 765 for a small PR and a 2100 pro total at 220.
2nd attempt- 765- Good lift
– Again, easier than I had expected. I decided to give 800 a ride. I should have watched this video first and just tried pulling it in the loose briefs, but instead I made a panic move and threw on my squat suit to try and get a few extra lbs.
3rd attempt- 800- No lift, got forward
– This was a silly call, like I said, I should have just tried it in what I was comfortable in. All the suit did was pull me forward and let the weight get in front of me at the knee. Oh well, it will be there next time. I can’t be too mad about this one, I still walked away with the biggest pull of the lightweight day, and a PR, in some super loose briefs. Honestly, I probably could have pulled it raw.
– So there it is. My first meet in 2+ years, and I’ve still got it. 2100@220 isn’t great, but its a good start to a comeback, and I walked away injury free. It felt great to get through a meet, especially one that was judged so tightly and fair across the board. This is truly one of the best meets I’ve ever been to in all my time around the sport, and with any luck, I’ll be doing it again next year.
I have to thank some people that I couldn’t have done this without. First and foremost, my beautiful wife Tuesday Geeting. She is without a doubt, the greatest woman I have ever met. She has a very demanding career and still finds the time to cook for me, help me with the animals and other chores, so I can get to training on time, and puts up with my craziness (especially leading up to a meet) I love you baby, I appreciate everything you do, more than you know.
Brian Carroll, a true friend, outstanding coach, and top notch sponsor. Brian and I go back a ways now, and he never lets me down on anything I need from him. There aren’t a ton of genuinely good people out there these days, but I can say with total confidence, Brian is one of the good ones. Thank you, man.
The guys from Team Samson. Driggers, Tony, Kieth, Phillipe, you guys fucking rock, seriously, no way I would have made it through the meet without you guys. Great lifters and the best handlers in the game. Watching these guys work is a pleasure.
Game plan nutrition. Their full line of supplements helped me come into this meet in the best shape I’ve ever been in. Did they make my performance? No, but they did make my performance better, and that is God’s honest truth. Than you guys for making top-notch supplements and having the faith in me and the rest of the team to represent you.
The rest of my 10/20/Life and Power Rack Strength team. Brian put together an outstanding group of people here. From Scott Paltos who helped me keep my shit together on meet day, to Beth Thomas, Allison, Marc, and the rest of the crew I got to watch kick ass on this lightweight day, to all the others that helped me behind the scenes getting ready for the meet. I consider you all true friends and family. This is the tightest team I’ve ever been a part of, bar none. I can’t wait to get back together with each and every one of you. Thank you all for being who you are.
It was also great seeing everyone this weekend. One of the best parts of meets is seeing people you don’t normally get to, but you still consider friends. Jimmie Pacifico, Pegg, Swede, Paul Carter, Molly Edwards, Steve Goggins, Zac Whalen, Ted Toalston, Smitty, Chad Dresden and everyone else. It was great seeing you all, I’m just sorry we didn’t get more time to shoot the shit. But there’s always next time, and I’m already looking forward to it.
Sorry if I forgot anyone, but just know that you’re all appreciated, and I’m very proud to be a member of this crazy ass sport we’re all obsessed with (whether we like to admit it or not, haha)
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