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Pat Roberts, Ray Pierce, and Phil

First off I would like to thank my awesome wife Tiffany for once again traveling with me and supporting me as always. Without her understanding and support it wouldn’t be possible to do this. I have never once heard a complaint out of her about traveling, giving up her weekends, vacation time, or complaining about the time I spend in the gym. Her support couldn’t be any better.

I would also like to thank Erik for the awesome knee wraps and support. I would like to thank Stew, Sean, Jason Venn, and Levi for their support and help. It’s no coincidence that it’s the same people I constantly thank for their support and help. You guys are always there for me and I appreciate it.

Thanks to the McDaniels for the great judging and always being nice enough to explain what I did wrong and thanks for your support. The two of you and Garry Frank have given me hope that the APF will improve for the better. The judging was strict but consistent. The venue was great and ran well as Garry Frank always does. If all APF meets were ran this good, I could see the APF growing at a faster rate.

This was the most fun I have ever had at a meet. I was a good weekend. I got to see a lot of friends I don’t get to see that often and made some new ones. It was really nice meeting Gregg and Debbie Damminga, they are great people. I enjoyed spending time this weekend with my BAG family and other friends. It was good to see the McDaniel’s and their crew and great to see Mike, Larry, and Henry compete. It’s always fun being around Henry and Griffin.

I lost 17lbs during my training cycle for this meet and had a lot of problems squatting in gear. I decided to be very conservative on my openers to avoid bombing. I typically open at 804 on the squat, but due to the gear problems I had, I decided to open at 705. My warm ups felt good on the squat.

Squat (bombed)
1st Attempt 705lbs – was really trying hard to get to depth and missed the squat
2nd Attempt 705lbs – missed on depth
3rd Attempt 722lbs – missed on depth

I bombed on the squat, but was allowed to bench press.

Bench Press
1st Attempt 523lbs
2nd Attempt 551lbs – missed due to bar dipping
3rd Attempt 551lbs

My second attempt was easier than my first. The Rage X is going to be a good shirt for me. I finally got the groove figured out my last two workouts before the meet. At the meet I performed even better in the shirt.

My next meet is a USAPL meet in Corpus Christi, Texas. I am competing raw to qualify for the inaugural USAPL Raw Nationals. I am going to focus on raw powerlifting the next few months. My next geared meet will be the APF Texas Cup. If all goes well at USAPL Raw Nationals I can qualify to compete at the Arnold Classic. I don’t want to put all my eggs in one basket and feel like I might be better suited for raw powerlifting. So I feel I have to give it a legitimate attempt. I have competed in a couple raw meets and really enjoyed competing that way.

Post Author: Phillip Wylie

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