PanAmerican Championships (Athlete Journal 36)

My achy wrist reared its ugly head during the PanAms last week, but at least I still have Worlds in September.

Saturday: Speed Snatch Day

One week until competition. My wrist was feeling not so bad today, and the lump was diminishing.

  • Speed snatch: 50kg for 2 sets of 6
  • Drop snatch: 50kg for 2 sets of 6
  • Pull, power snatch, and snatch, all from the floor: 50kg for 2 sets of 2
  • 70kg for 1 set
  • 80kg for 1 set
  • 90kg for 1 set
  • 1 pull, 1 snatch: 100kg, 105kg

I missed the snatch on the third set, but made the jump to 106kg because my partner made the 105kg, and made it pretty well. I guess I needed a shot of motivation. I finished with two sets of four reps in the snatch pull at 110kg.


My wrist was not feeling too bad for clean and jerks today.

  • Power clean, clean, a front squat, and a jerk: 50kg for 2 sets
  • 70kg for 2 sets
  • 90kg for 2 sets

I took 10kg jumps all the way up to 130kg and finished with a strong performance, making all four reps pretty well. It surprised me how well the jerks went up.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday I just did the minimum amount of work, as my schedule was way out of whack.

Saturday: Competition day

Today I competed in the PanAmerican championships. During my snatch warm up my left wrist reared its ugly head and smacked me in the chops. It felt like I had never done any type of Olympic movement in my life. All the warm ups were a struggle, right from the empty bar. I started with 95kg, then to my chagrin, I jumped to 100kg and missed miserably. The third attempt at 100kg was successful but ugly.

The warm up for the clean and jerks and felt way better. I started with 130kg, which was easy. There was a little miscommunication break down on my second attempt and I failed to get to the platform.

My third attempt was a world record 137kg. The clean was easy. I can remember every clean I’ve made over 135kg since 2008, and this was by far the easiest of any attempt. All I remember is starting the pull off the floor and standing there getting ready to jerk. All the rest just blurred past. Unfortunately, I failed miserably at the jerk and almost rolled my left ankle. Oh well, I still have the Worlds in September.

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.