I did the Lift For Leroy II Record Day at Eric Todd’s gym in Turney, Missouri on Saturday. Enjoyed the drive in the Mustang (1.5 hours one-way) and got to spend time with some people that I really like for about 4 hours.
I volunteered to do loading duties and after the Postal Competition was concluded, a bunch of the lifters did their Record Day lifts. I will do a write-up on some of the record day lifts I saw from the other lifters, because there was a lot of impressive lifting going on all around me.
I only had 2 modest goals for the Record Day.
- Deadlift 300+lbs double overhand (sumo) on the axle.
- Deadlift 304lbs on the Middle Fingers Deadlift.
Both are usually well within my capability. I missed the MFDL because I decided not to do a warmup and instead attempt 315lbs. It only came up about 2″ before I put it back down because I felt my left middle finger skin starting to rip. I got it set down before it ripped though, so I wasn’t upset about missing the lift. Especially considering the bar I chose was nowhere near as grippy and sharp as the one that the Dino Gym uses for its MFDL competition.
I warmed up on the axle, because until then I had only done loading duties and was feeling pretty stiff in the knees and lower back. Eric’s monster solid axle weighs 75lbs empty. So I had to keep that in mind when I was warming up.
My bodyweight was 237lbs clothed. I knew I wasn’t going to be light enough for the 105kg (231lb) class, so I didn’t care to shed some clothes for the weigh-in.
Wore my awesome cat print Vans. Pretty sure that’s why the weights felt so light on the axle.
- 255×1 felt empty
- 305×1 went up at almost power clean speed
- 325×1 fast pull and could’ve held it for a while
- 335 to kneecaps and right hand
Decent lifting for me on the axle. 335 would’ve gone if I had given it another attempt, but I didn’t mind. My right hand cramped right after starting the pull and I had to drop it from the kneecaps.
Considering I haven’t done much axle pulling this year (maybe 6 workouts with the thumb wrapped around, and 8 (?) without thumbs, this was a decent result. I only needed 300lbs for the age 40 record in the 242lb weight class. If I continue training axle next year regularly, I’ll go for the age 45 record in the double overhand axle deadlift near my normal weight class.
As I was saying goodbye and walking out the door, I passed the 2″ vertical bar and it called to me. Eric encouraged me to make a few pulls on that. So I took a quick warmup and then pulled 208 lefty for a record in that age and weight class. Took 188 as a warmup and it felt very light. 208 felt pretty light lefty too. I told Eric I probably had around 240lbs in me that day. Righty I got the down call, but it slipped at the last second, so no lift. I could’ve tried a few more lifts on both hands but I wanted to get home.