Saturday, October 26, 2013

Countdown to Relentless

A week from today I will be competing in Detroit at the Relentless charity.

My training wasn't great going into this.  I had a few decent sessions but top to bottom, it was less than desirable.

Do I fret this?

Yes, and no.

Going into the USPF Nationals I hit everything in training I needed to hit to be good for the lifts I wanted.  Yet on the day of the meet, I showed up, felt like shit, tore my groin, and under performed.

It's not uncommon to have a great training for a meet and not do as well as you'd like.  It's also not uncommon to have a shitty training cycle, and then kill shit at a competition.

I don't think this is a phenomenon only related to powerlifting, of course.  In football, lots of guys are what's called "training camp all stars" because they perform incredibly well in that environment, then fall flat when it comes "game time".

More than hitting numbers at this meet though, I am just honored to be a part of it and can't wait to go lift.  Do I want to hit certain numbers?  Yes, of course.  However I've been so excited since I was added to the roster that I haven't thought about it as much anymore.  I have mostly thought about the experience of it all, from what those who competed there last year told me about.

I don't want to give all of that away right now, as I want to be able to write and chronicle about it all as I go.
I'll do my best to give day to day updates here, including the weight cut and everything related to it, from the time I leave in my car.

Stay tuned.


  1. Paul,

    Good luck, I wish you only the best. I enjoy following your blog especially leading up to meets. Reading about your experiences is something I look forward to more than the results of the lifts. I think the story about discussing knife fighting with Ed Coan made me the most envious so far. That and the fact you get to share a lot of those times with your training partner.

    I'm gonna knock on wood so you don't get sick, hurt, or whatever other lame shit could happen to you. I hope this is the meet you have it all come together.

    Enjoy the ride and keep us posted. Thank you for sharing your perspective with us.


  2. Mr.Carter, I am competing on Nov.2 too, and I plan to rep LRB for squats and bench !(Shirtless on the deads)