I did my first full meet in a long time last month. It went good, not as good as I'd like, but it was still good.
I went: squat: 605 (super easy), 690 (easy too), 775 (missed, shoe collapsed, rolled my ankle, bailed)
bench: 455 (easy), 515 (got out of my groove for some reason), 515 (good lift)
deadlift 455 (easy), 500, 545 (just missed locking)
total: 1705 @ SHW in single ply gear.
In retrospect I opened too light with all of my weights in this meet because I was nervous about the gear (I've done way more competitions RAW than I have in gear) and just keeping things together. Most of all I was able to spend the day going through a full meet without my diabetes getting in the way. My glucose levels stayed pretty much stable, and didn't divebomb, forcing me to pull out, which in all honesty, I was afraid might happen.
I'm looking at a meet in November where I hope to go 780, 585, 585 (1900 to 1950 total) in single ply gear or so. We'll see how things go with work this summer. If I don't make the meet this fall, I'll probably do one in Feb or so next spring. It depends on the schedule.
Yeah right..... I've been buried with work. I've at least got outlines nad literature pulled for the articles, but nothing submitted for publication as of yet. Hopefully I'll fix that soon enough.
Just got home from second meet of the year (at SHW, single ply gear):
opener: 675 (easy)
2nd: 765 (easy, but I felt like I was going to loose my balance, three reds for too shallow)
3rd: 765 3 greens, I think I should have gone up, maybe over 800. Then again, its better to be conservative, than do something stupid.
Opener: 500 (easy) 3 greens
2nd: 545 3 greens
3rd: 585 --three reds.... This was frustrating because my handoff guy touched the bar, but he was doing his job. I picked him due to experience and strength. He saw that I started to windmill the right side, he reached for the bar right as I powered out of it. I hit his hand as I was going past midrange to locking out, giving me 3 reds.
I can't be angry about this. Like i said, He did his job. In my mind, I benched 585 in a meet. Now I just need to do it again and get it legitimate.
4th attempt on bench due to spotter technicality: 585 3 reds. Too tanked, right arm hit upright and missed lockout barely.
opener: 500 3 greens This was the easiest I've ever pulled 500. Ever....
2nd: 545 3 greens.
3rd: 585 got just under halfway, tore callus off my right hand causing me to loose my grip. Bar spun out of my hands to the floor.
Total: 1855 in single ply as SHW. I think that squat and total will get me ranked in PLUSA top 100 (It'll be the lower tier, but hell I don't care. I'm tickled to death to be at this point, I can always do more
) . I'm now within 150 (or 100 depending on the bench) of my ELITE total. Overall the meet was good. Very good.