so you're actually going to compete? Dun dun DUNNNN!
Yes. I actually hate talking about it because i've wanted to for years and some thing/excuse always comes up, but it's hard not to now because my training finally feels great again. At first I put it off because I wanted my numbers to be better before I did, which is not the approach you should take (you should just go in and enjoy your first one, basically, just get the experience, and bench mark yourself for future competitions). And then it was just injury. I've had a few not so serious ones but the hamstring tear really set me back. It also taught me to have patience and be in less of a rush to get stronger, though, and be a little less of an idiot.
Been using this year to get my strength back but also not been rushing it, and also to really clean up some things with technique and movement. So instead of pushing for more weight I try to get lighter weights to look and feel better (light is still 85-90%, btw). Trying to be mega strict with leaving reps in the tank, etc.
For example the most I have squatted post injury is 160. However, I know I have 180, albeit a messy 180, at least. But, instead of pushing for 170/180/whatever, I'm making <160 harder. Right now i'm doing high bar close stance squats with a pause at the bottom position, going well below PL depth. So far managed a rep with 155. The point was/is to make the bottom position even more difficult than it normally is.
With deadlifts my technique breaks down at the bottom, so i've been doing speed DL's followed by deficit DL's, again to make the weakest part of the lift more difficult, forcing the use of lighter weights by making them more difficult and playing to my weakness.
I might use that lady's presence as an added incentive to get Megan to come with, she needs your expertise!
You should. When I started training her she couldn't b/w squat below parallel without rounding her back. Her DL was 50 and bench was 35KG (she can military press this now). Couldn't do a push up (can do 20, now) and was miles off a pull up.