I GOT 2ND PLACE!
100% Raw Federation, Zion Crossroads VA, June 8th, I totaled 1040lbs and took second place out of, I think it was 11 guys total in the 181 class!
The only thing I don't understand....on my third attempt I went for 485lb deadlift, only ten pounds more than I have pulled in the gym, yet I barely got it off the ground before my back gave out. I don't know what you would properly call it, i guess pulled spinal erectors? I don't think I tore anything, but gosh I'm sore. It's healing fairly qucikly though since yesterday I could hardly get out of bed, and today, I was just sore getting out of bed. Sneezing is no fun though :p
I'm just really surprised this happened. I've NEVER hurt myself like this deadlifting. I mean, I've deadlifting 455 for reps with out issues in the past. I've never had my back just give out. I'm usually able to grind a weight out if I can break it from the floor. I broke this from the floor and thought "yes I've got it!" and then suddenly my back just stopped pulling, and felt it pop like a when a chyropractor does his thing.I dropped the weight immediately. No sharp pain, just stiffness and dull ache. No neurological effects, no radiating pain. I did some hanging and my back when right back into place with ease, so I think my spine is fine, thank God.
The only thing I can think of is that being at the meet all day tired me out more than I realized and my form broke down on my last pull. In strongman, deadlift was one of the the first events, not the last event. I'm hoping all that happened is I underestimated how tired I was and my form just got sloppy. I can fix that, and make dang sure I keep my form in the next meet.
Assuming it was tiredness, I tweaked my training to compensate. I'm adding rack pulls into my routine so Friday will be power cleans, good mornings, and then rack pulls, to make sure my back is used to volume and that I'm keeping my form correct. Besides what some would say, the deadlift is a very technical lift, and if your back isn't in the right position, well I found out what happens. I figure rack pulls should be less strenuous than full deadlifts.
I'm also going to to drop the weight I expect to pull in a meet, since clearly I'm far more tired at the end of it than I realized, I guess I won't ever be pulling PR deadlifts in a meet, which is sad :(