Just finished my second ever Tactical Strength Challenge this past Sunday.
Competition is fun!
It is quite different between training in the gym, and then being forced to be at your best on a specific date and time.
Luckily this time I didn’t have to drive to Sacramento to compete as Crossfit West in Santa Cruz was holding it at their facility this year.
Before we get into what happened, let’s talk about my goals for the event. I was looking to improve over what I did the previous year when I competed. I was also looking to place in the Top 3 internationally. Unfortunately I won’t know those results for some time as it takes awhile to compile on the results from many different gyms.
Lastly I wanted to beat everybody at the gym in all three events. Sorry, I have a thing about showing up at a Crossfit, and beating people at what they do, of course in a friendly way. (Most of the competitors there trained at that Crossfit.)It was just an added component of competing for me.
If you are unaware of the TSC it is a 3 event competition.
The first event is a maximum deadlift. You get three attempts, at its basically powerlifting rules.
The second event is dead hang pullups for reps.
The third event is a 5 minute kettlebell snatch test with multiple hand switches for reps.
There are different classes for men, women, novices, masters and elite. I competed in the open class as that’s where most of the competition is. This meant for me the pullups were with bodyweight and the snatch was with a 24kg bell.
The video below shows you my results.
I opened with an easy 425 lb. deadlift. I moved up to 455 and hit that as well. As was deciding between a 475 and 485 deadlift for my last attempt. The latter felt right so I went with that and pulled it fairly easily.
This is a competition PR and also one for recency. I’ve hit 505 in training before and am in the process of working back up to that point and beyond it, as after I accomplished it I stopped dead lifting for sometime.
I followed much the same training as before. And the heaviest I’ve lifted in training so far this time around was 425 lbs.
For the deadlifts I also used anchoring and the “summoning saxon” technique, two great mental training tactics that definitely helped out.
Then came the pullups. In my training I’ve been working towards one arm chins. I really hadn’t been doing much high rep work at all.
I tried but did not beat my previous record of 21. I only tied it.
Next time I’ll train a little more specifically on bodyweight pullups for reps.
Last came the event that I knew I would do the best in as it’s something of my specialty.
(You can check out Kettlebell Snatch Domination for how I train it. There’s also a bonus called How to Kick-Ass at the TSC which will help you out on the other exercises that comes with it.)
I used a competition bell that Buck had brought. He came all the way from Chico to compete. I’m still not sure that was the best call as I had been training with the thicker handled dragondoor kettlebells.
In the end since I had not taken care of my callouses like I should have before-hand I ended up with a couple blood blisters.
I could feel them start to come on. You’ll see in the video I start doing more hand switches at the end. But this was competition and I had to finish strong.
It slowed me a little but my goal was to break 150 which I did with 154 reps. That beats what I did last year with 146 reps.
Overall I’m very happy with my results. We will all have to wait and see what the final results come to be.
I didn’t beat everybody in every event. I was far ahead in the pullups and the snatches. But one guy there beat me deadlifting. He also had the advantage of weighing 50 more pounds then me.
Did anyone else compete? I’d love to hear your experience below.