Jake L Clean and Jerks 310lbs
Jake's Write Up On His Meet:An Olympic meet is a VERY LONG day, most of it comprised of anxiously waiting and watching, second guessing yourself and asking WHY IN THE HELL you are doing this??!!! My weigh in was at 1pm so I showed up at around 1230. I was a bit worried all week that I wasnt going to make weight as I was consistently weighing around 211-12 (my weight class is up to 206.8). I had a very light breakfast, eggs and some bacon, and ZERO carbs or water until the weigh in. I made weight easily at 205.
After the weigh in you sort of sit around and wonder when in the hell you are supposed to start warming up. The lifting session before you is still going, you arent sure when it will end and how much time you have before your first lift. Luckily, and this turned out to be crucial, the head olympic coach from Lost Battalion Hall, Artie Dreschler, took me under his wing (thanks to my olympic lifting coach Frankie Murray who was a fellow "competitor" in the 94kg class. He's a member of the national team and is a truly phenomenal lifter.) Anyway, Artie timed ALL of my warmup lifts to the minute, told me when to take them and when to just sit and chill. This proved INVALUABLE. The timing for my warm up was perfect and i was ready to go when I needed to be.
I wound up taking 2nd place in the 94kg (with a 253kg total) and going 6 for 6. Frankie wound up winning by probably close to 100 lbs! All in all this was one of the better experiences in athletics I have had since I played college tennis. Training is fun, it feels good, but there is nothing like the feeling of putting it all on the line, stepping up, and executing when you need to. Seriously, everyone should compete in something!
To see Jake's 246lb Snatch, check out our Flickr Page
Brandon R also lifted at this meet and hit 65 kilos on his snatch and 98 kilos in the clean and jerk taking 2nd place in his weight class. Great work, guys!!!