ill post my comp report here too from power and strength just for posterity
The feelings about the comp are a mixed bag. I was stronger than in the past, and I could feel it. At the same time the lack of strongman event training in the past two weeks was evident.
Basically I went all out on the first two events, as you should, but my body was not conditioned to take the punishment. In a weird way I underestimated my own sport, I did normal gym barbell training and tried to do some conditioning with light weights to get the blood and breathing going.
But strongman is a bit different. Its like getting ran over by a car on every event where you have to work full blast with near maximal weights for a long time. For this normal gym training or light conditioning is a poor substitute to actual strongman event training.
So quick run down of events. Weather was abysmal, but its the same to everyone so it makes no difference. In the running order I was last, 17th - so basically I went out last, and in the videos you see me going head to head with someone from the Open weight class, who also had an odd number of athletes.
1. Wheelbarrow carry & sandbag load.
Who knows about the weights but the estimates were that the wheelbarrow started at a bit over 200 and then you load two 120kg sandbags, of which would then increase the weight in hands maybe about 60kg (you had to place them in the middle of the wheelbarrow), and as such would be 350ish in the end i think. Its all just numbers, but I saw many really strong top guys fail to finish the distance, grip was giving out and it looked very hard.
but as I started it i thought it wasnt too bad, and I just plodded along, sandbags were easier than i thought and the carry was just really painful. End was VERY hard but I managed to finish the distance.
6th out of 17
2. powerstairs, 200kg blocks up 5 stairs.
In the practise I fist failed to load it at all, and then got a one gruelling rep. Thats pretty frightening just before the comp is about to start
Again saw a lot of strong guys struggle a lot, and hardly anyone finished it. I thought to just pace myself and use the time wisely. The problem was not the weight, but the height of the block and the stairs. It was very hard to get it over the edge and in the end every rep i did cleared the edge with just like a millimetre!
7 steps, and shared 5th place i think.
3. Viking press
Then it went to shit. Every bit of my body was destroyed, biceps cramping, traps destroyed, legs gone. Familiar feeling for anyone in the game, but this time it was just sapping, and there was not much power left. Abymal result, 5 reps and shared place around 10-12 place, and dropped three positions to 9th because the points were so evenly matched (i think just three points to 6th, which would have been 3 more reps approx.)
the amount of old guys in the finals gave me some hope though to still have my year in the finals
Thanks to all support messages online and in person!