I decided to pick one of Roger's platforms, honestly just because he was covering the side of the gym I felt was gonna have good juju. Lindsey Valenzuela (a pretty good CrossFitter who was also previously a PHAT Elvis weightlifter under Bob Takano) was there too and she took the platform right next to me, so that was fun to watch as she snatched (I believe) 80kg and clean & jerked 107kg.
As I started warming up on the snatch, I took a few at 40 then 50 then 60, and while Roger was working a little more intensively on some other lifters, he sort of left me to do my own thing and suggested I just keep going up. I replied, "Yeah I think I'll take it to around 85 and see from there." The only thing was, things were still feeling alright after 85 so I bumped up to 90. Made that, then took 94, which was 1kg under my PR. Smoked it.
Minh, whom I know from San Diego (and the internet), was there too because he's training at Takano Athletics for the summer, and he was watching my lifts and said things were looking pretty good. I decided to go for 97, which would be a +2kg improvement on my snatch. Made it. Put 100 on. MADE IT.
ONE HUNDRED. Thanks Minh for taking video.
Got a fist bump from Roger and a "congrats on your PR" from Linds - yeahIcallherLindswecoolwegowayback.jpg
When I moved on to clean & jerks, I went 90 100 110 and 114. I decided not to go any heavier than 114 but I took two more sets there to make them look prettier. Zero misses. A 105% snatch and a 93% clean & jerk. I think that was a good day.
I was telling Bob that his gym is good luck but he had a different view on it. He said, "all you needed was a little change in scenery," or something like that.
Anyways, if you're into Olympic weightlifting, you know that a 100kg snatch is sort of a milestone. So with a milestone you start to think about how far you've gotten in the sport. I know that compared to other people who've picked up weightlifting, I'm not as far as others, nor am I progressing faster than others, but that doesn't even matter. I'm still improving in this sport and that's something. Maybe my next PR will be next week, or maybe it will be next year, but it's getting that consistency and that ability to complete my workouts with better accuracy and precision that motivates me to keep trying and putting in the work.
I must also say that this 100kg snatch was particularly dedicated to Team Fortius. The gym has been open since mid-2012, and there's been a changing cast of athletes. But for everyone I've trained with... for those who have moved on to different training places, for the regulars who consistently come in day after day since the beginning, and for the new members whom I feel have recently rejuvenated the energy in the gym with their youth and mental focus... also for Coaches Dave and Jesse, and also for Veronica at SoCal whom I trained with in my early stages... and for my better half, Sarah, who cheers me on and supports my hobby all the way from Wisconsin. Thank you all.
105/130 already, damnit.