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Old 07-24-2009, 10:02 AM   #1
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Tommy Kono IV

Anyone doing the Tommy Kono open in Sac August 9th?

http://www.lifttilyadie.com/PWA/09TKOFlyer.htm (WFS)

I think I might give it a go since it's so close to home. My O-lifts have been going pretty well.. I recently hit 155 lb (70.4kg) and 205lb (93.2) at bodyweight of about 140 (63.3kg). I don't know if I should try to cut to 136 lbs to get into the 62kg weight class or just go as is.... Never been to an olympic lifting meet and would like to just go and get an official total - doubt i will place as their are some awesome lifters at both 62 and 69 kg from sacto.
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Old 07-24-2009, 11:37 AM   #2
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Re: Tommy Kono IV

I went to the Tommy Kono seminar last year, it's on Saturday, the day before the meet, unfortunately we were leaving town the next day, otherwise I would have competed as a complete novice/ rookie/ noob. The organizers were very friendly and encouraging. Don't hesitate just go.

This year my work is interfering with being there. If you go to the seminar on Saturday, you can meet a true legend in person and he'll even autograph your book (Weightlifting, Olympic Style) if you have one already, or they will have new ones on sale.

The program and facility on campus @ Sacto High School are quite amazing.

I'm really bummed about missing it this year.
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Old 07-24-2009, 12:04 PM   #3
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Re: Tommy Kono IV

Weren't you supposed to compete last year?! Hmm?

Not competing again this year - dangit! But I'll be there helping out.
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Old 07-24-2009, 01:11 PM   #4
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Weren't you supposed to compete last year?! Hmm?

Not competing again this year - dangit! But I'll be there helping out.
Haha, Veronica - you have a really good memory! I chickened out last year - I think that having never competed when younger, I'm not very good at handling the adrenaline dump that comes with competing.. =)

My short-lived BJJ competition career: 2 events... got 3rd place at the US Open in Santa Cruz last year... but the whole stress associated with the whole thing made me realize that competition may not be for me.

I think I will force myself to do this event though.. I'll sign up and pay for it now so I won't want to back out 3 days before the event!
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Old 07-24-2009, 01:23 PM   #5
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Re: Tommy Kono IV

Tom, learn to harness that adrenaline and use it to your advantage on the platform. Treat the meet as just another ME training day if that'll help your nerves.

We'll see you in a few weeks, be sure and say hello.
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Old 07-25-2009, 02:01 PM   #6
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Re: Tommy Kono IV

Cool, I missed last years clinic and match which irked me so I should be able to make it this year as my saturdays are free nowadays.

Any idea on how much one of those unitards cost? Not very interested in competing but just wondering ( not super into the idea of blowing more money than I have to ).
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Old 07-25-2009, 07:10 PM   #7
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Cool, I missed last years clinic and match which irked me so I should be able to make it this year as my saturdays are free nowadays.

Any idea on how much one of those unitards cost? Not very interested in competing but just wondering ( not super into the idea of blowing more money than I have to ).

I got my singlet for around $30 from House of Pain, but that price seems to be fairly standard. No one can really justfy charging more for something so hideous...
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Old 07-25-2009, 10:14 PM   #8
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hmm, that ain't bad...
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Old 08-04-2009, 09:18 AM   #9
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Veronica, you'll be pleased to know that I sent in my registration form today - last day! I kept trying to come up with excuses not to go, but ran out....

Can you tell me a bit about what to expect? Will I be told when to start warming up in the back? Will they announce your name when you are due up? When you are up - how do you know when to start the lift? How about when the lift is done and when you can drop the weights?

I think I'm going to do 69kg weight class this time - last year there were only 5 lifters in that class.. How much rest between lifts? Once the snatch is done, how much time befor the C&J? Any time to warm up for that?

For my snatch, I'm thinking doing 62kg, 65-68kg, and 70 kg... I'm hitting 70kg about 60-70% of the time in practice.. Is that a reasonable plan? What should I do for the warmup?

For the C&J, I'm thinking 84kg, 90-93kg, 94-95 kg...

Sorry for all the questions!

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Old 08-04-2009, 09:35 AM   #10
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Cool, I missed last years clinic and match which irked me so I should be able to make it this year as my saturdays are free nowadays.

Any idea on how much one of those unitards cost? Not very interested in competing but just wondering ( not super into the idea of blowing more money than I have to ).
Are you planning on going to watch this year, Blair?
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