What's next?

What’s next?

I have been on a post-comp high since Sunday, and I feel like I haven’t done anything productive in days except stalk add all my new strong friends on Facebook! So, you’re not getting any earth-shattering prose from me today πŸ˜‰

It’s time to talk about my next competition! I have signed up for a charity strongwoman competition on October 13. The competition is on the same weekend as a big national powerlifting comp, so a lot of the stronger girls will be at that. This comp is more aimed at novices anyway, and you’re allowed to pick whatever weights you like from the list – the heavier you go, the more points you score.

The weight divisions are the same as in my last comp: an under 63kg, under 75kg, and over 75kg. My crazy body has already dropped back to 74kg (fully clothed!) so I should be fine to make weight again.

The events are as follows:

Log press and clean: 25, 35 or 45kg – max reps in 60 seconds
Farmers walks: 30 or 50kg per hand – max distance
Tyre flip: max reps in 60 seconds (weight to be confirmed)
Seated prowler pull: 80, 100 or 120kg over 20 metres
Deadlift: 60, 80 or 100kg – max reps in 60 seconds

When I sent my coach the list of events, he of course said I don’t have a choice but to do the heaviest options. 50kg farmers are easy but a 45kg log press, not so much. I do admit that 35kg is too easy for me but I need more of a middle-ground. I’m thrilled I get to deadlift – with what was my max only a few months ago!

The competition is being held in Portsmouth and I have a bunch of friends and people from the gym coming down to watch. If you’re in the area, pop along! I think there is still space to enter, and they are also holding workshops for newbies who have never done strongman events before. I’m hoping to convince Amber to compete with me!

I was very hush-hush about the location of Sunday’s competition and although there were many people who wanted to come and watch, I only invited Rob. I didn’t want any extra pressure! But now that I’m a seasoned pro (HA!), I can deal with a bigger audience.

My coach will be coming in his wheelchair (he’s in for a long recovery after his surgery!) so I’m very excited about that. I seem to always do better when he’s there so hopefully I can kick some butt. I’m taking this week off completely and then hoping to have a solid three weeks of infection-free training.

I can’t believe some women are back in the gym already, when I can still barely walk. Anna hit a new PB on deadlifts (150kg from a deficit, say what!) the day after our comp – I told you she was superwoman!

This will be my last competition for a few months, so I promise this won’t turn into a strongman-obsessed blog (or is it too late for that? haha).

I found some more pics from Sunday (there are still more to come!). This one was taken right before I started the sandbag event. I had just looked at Rob and he was mouthing at me to kill it. It’s my favourite because it’s natural, and I look so happy.

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And now time for the GRR face! I’d never realised how angry I look when I do these things.

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Tomorrow morning I’m going in for my surgery, so if I’m recovered I will be back with a more coherent post on Friday!

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