Long post ahead, but it's worth it.
So yesterday I competed in a powerlifting meet for the first time. It's something I have had on my mind for around 2-3 years now. I always found some excuses to not compete and tried to save it for the "perfect moment". Now I've kind of learned that there are no perfect moments. So after starting to get back to myself from a strength and training perspective, I decided that I should just try and run a template, track my progress and perhaps from that I will be able to structure my own program afterwards. Well, as the program went on, problems arised and I had to modify the programming of the squat and bench, but on the Deadlift it remained the same. Around a month into the program this meet was published and the date was due a day after my birthday, and about a week after the program would have ended. Now I saw this a great opportunity, because it would also be a great birthday gift and celebration, and I was planning to do a 1rm test so why not do it in competition where the stage is all set just for that? I signed up for it, I honestly had many thoughts of withdrawing from it as it neared. It's good that my friends helped me stay focus and push me to compete. So here I am at the meet, squat was pretty shit, my opener kind of sucked, I smoked that same weight this Sunday (!). I also felt an unusual pop in my back and one of my nagging pains flared up. I went into my second attempt, and I soon as I unracked the bar, I knew it wasn't right, so I racked it and gave up on the squats. I didn't really mind, I was kind of happy that maybe I'll have more left in the tank for Deadlifts. Bench went relatively well for me. And then started warming up for Deadlifts, I felt a pretty sharp pain in my back with only 130kg! But I knew it could be better, so I put on my belt and did some reps with 160, didn't feel anything and and the bar flew up. The last warm up with 237.5 felt pretty slow, and I also realized I don't have much time until my first attempt 🤦. First attempt was 260(shown) was so fast! Everyone was in shock and so was I. Continued in the comments below.... - 34 minutes ago