Rich Kelly Working Through Injuries and Staying Mentally Strong

Sat, 01/06/2018 - 17:54 -- Richard Kelly

If my lifting in 2017 was a song it would be called “Rollercoaster”. Many ups and downs on the platform while making the choice not to freaking scream and give up but to enjoy the ride by staying mentally stronger than ever. Being a Master M-3 220 pound lifter this was my year of fighting through injuries. I started the year healthy but bombed on a 418 Single Ply bench at a UAPL meet in January, but finished the year strong and healthy with a 440 Single Ply bench at a USPF meet in November. My first injury came in mid-year with a lower body injury during squatting session 30 days before the USPF Nationals in Minneapolis. I was not sure if I would be able to lift in the meet and after weigh in I hit Dan Kelly’s Pub pounding some beers debating to myself if I could be freaking lifting at this meet. The day of the meet I knew deadlifting was not going to happen and still was not sure if I was going to be able to bench and would find out once I get into the practice room. I lifted with caution, soreness but still had the desire to lift so I decided to drop my bench opener to 385, once on the platform with no leg drive I hit the 385, then successfully hit a 402 but missed on my 3rd lift at 440. The results I feel was from me staying in the game, not using my injuries as a excuse and maybe the beers from the night before might have numbed me a little.
But my most successful meet of the year was at the AWPC World meet in Chicago where I was working through a lower back injury that showed up out of no where 4 days before the meet. In my 63 years on this earth I have never gone to a Chiropractor, but I called bencher Tom Mitchell at the Chicago Institute for Health & Wellness who holds a few Bench Press records of his own at 198 pounds. I went in for a treatment on Thursday and were not sure if I would be able to compete in either bench or deadlift for the upcoming Sunday meet. I went to the weigh-in Saturday morning and then headed to Toms office for one more treatment and we decided to give bench a try, but we were still no sure on deadlifting. I decided to keep my back issue to myself and not tell any of my lifting friends at the meet because I did not want it to be my excuse to fail. My opener on bench single ply was at 418 pounds but after not being able to set up on the bench like I normally do, I dropped the weight to 407. My first lift I got 3 reds for a hitch, my second lift I got 3 reds for another hitch, but dammit I fought through it and I got the 407 on my 3rd attempt. I would say that was the second time in my lifting days where I got the third lift after 2 misses and my most proud meet ever. I have bombed before but was always a basket case after 2 misses. I gave deadlift raw a try where I opened with a 396-good lift, 413- good lift and missed on a 430. Leaning lesson, if your dealing with a tweak or injury do not tell the world about it because it could be your excuse to fail and remember everybody is dealing with their own issues, tweaks and injuries in this sport.

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