by Joe Garcia
GOERNER DEADLIFT DOZEN PLUS ONE
It is amazing the lengths that some people will go to in order to miss this event. Al ran off to some little contest in Australia, dragging Chad with him, Eric was chowing down on turkey, and from the looks of the website, Thom was writing more ‘fluff’ pieces. Everyone not here missed out on a fun day at Clark’s gym. When I drove up in the morning, Dean Ross and Mike Murdock were already there as was Bill Clark. Evidently, Dean and Mike had arrived in town around 3:30 AM, not wanting miss out on one of the coveted parking spots in front. We all weighed in, including Bill, who was on the platform for the first time in over a year. Even though his right shoulder would give him painful problems all day, he managed at least one successful in each of the thirteen lifts and sometimes a second and a third attempt. There were no fourth attempts taken during the day.
The day started out with the Thumbless Deadlifts. That is definitely a lift that you can go from greatness to humility in 5 lbs. One thing we elected to do during the day was to allow the lifter to do any of the lifts that he wanted in the order he wanted with the exception that the finger lifts were contested last. This way, the loading was kept to a minimum by the lifters-loaders-officials. That’s right, more multi-tasking at Clark’s gym. Next up was standard One-Hand Deadlifts, if any lift in the USAWA could be called standard. After finishing up with the one hand stuff, attention was turned to the two hand lifts. Dean pulled the biggest Reeves lift with a 275, could have done a bit more but took a little too big of a jump and was unsuccessful in his next attempt. I was happy with my 225 as I don’t remember the last time I did a Reeves deadlift. Not only did Dean do a great job of lifting, he also kept us entertained with his stories and jokes. Problem is that I think he believes most of them. After the Reeves, the 2 Barbell, Hack, Heels Together and Jefferson lifts followed. Finally, the dreaded finger lifts commenced. Everyone began with the Little Fingers Deadlift, then the Ring, Index, and Middle Finger, except for Mike, who had to go back and finish with an Index Fingers Lift. Everyone was grateful that Mary wasn’t around to show us up.
The organization had elected to present Bill with both a letter of appreciation and a Lifetime Achievement Award. I was honored to read the letter to Bill and to present him with his well deserved plaque for everything he has done for the USAWA over the years. Bill also wanted everyone to know how much he appreciated the honor.
Results of the meet are listed below. Amazingly, I won the Goerner, a deadlift contest. I suppose that means I will have to defend it next year.
2011 Goerner Deadlift Dozen plus One
November 26, 2011
Meet Director: Bill Clark
Lifts: Deadlift – No Thumb, One Arm (left and right), Deadlift – One Arm (left and right), Deadlift – Reeves, Deadlift -2 Bars, Hack Lift, Deadlift -Heels Together, Jefferson Lift, Deadlift – Fingers, Little, Deadlift – Fingers,Index, Deadlift – Fingers, Ring, Deadlift – Fingers, Middle
Officials: Joseph Garcia, Bill Clark, Mike Murdock
|Lifter||Age||Bwt||DL Heels||2 Bar||Hack||Jefferson|
|1 Arm R||1 Arm L||1 Arm NT R||1 Arm NT L|
NOTES: Bodyweights listed in pounds. All lifting poundages listed in pounds. Total is total pounds lifted. Points are adjusted points for bodyweight correction and age amendment.