A New Canadian Record (Athlete Journal Entry 28)

I set a new Canadian record at a recent meet, and plan to try for the world record in June.

After this week’s training and a successful meet, I’m feeling very optimistic on being able to set the world record in Toronto in June.


Today was my snatch workout. I only did full squat movements again to challenge the wrist and elbow. I cautiously started with the empty bar and moved up, making 10kg jumps, until I got to 90kg. I was averaging three or four reps per set. I took 95kg for two sets of two and 100kg for one. Pain was liveable, so I was encouraged with today’s outcome.


Tuesday was massage day. I got Curtis to give my forearms a good going-over, as well as my triceps.


I woke up and my arms were so sore from the massage I knew I wouldn’t be doing snatches or clean and jerks today. I did a few back squats just to get my legs moving. I finished with 130kg for two sets of six reps.


My arms were still a little sore so I decided to do front squats. I finished with 115kg for two sets of five reps. They were much better than I thought they would be. Things are looking good.


Friday was long circuit. With the competition coming up I did rest week work, which was forty minutes every second stations with 35 seconds work and 35 seconds off. I felt pretty good.


Saturday was competition day. I weighed in fairly light at 81.2kg, which is lighter than I thought I would be by about a kilogram. There must have been something wrong with their scale. Snatch warm up was very promising, with very little pain in either my wrist or forearm. I finished my last warm up at 95kg. Pain was limited, but my pull power was suffering immensely.

My first attempt was 100kg. It went up okay but I wasn’t all that excited. I jumped to 105kg and missed horribly. My pull extension has suffered with cutting back because of my wrist. Better fix this before the PanAms in Toronto.

In the clean and jerk my last warm up was 115kg, which was a power clean and jerk. My confidence in this lift was way ahead of the snatch. My first attempt was at 120kg, which was easy. I jumped to 127kg and again, the clean was easy, as well as the jerk. I debated on trying to take on the world record of 136kg or just set a Canadian record at 133kg. I decided to take the 133kg and after the lift was over should have taken the 136kg. Clean was easy, jerk was easy. I’m very optimistic on being able to set the world record in Toronto in June.

Terry Hadlow got started in Olympic weightlifting in 1970 and is the only Canadian to have competed in senior nationals in five different decades – 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s. Follow Terry’s journal here to learn about his approach to training and competing.