My first weightlifting meet

As I wrote earlier I was going to participate in the amateur competition in Olympic weightlifting at CrossFit Geraklion and today I wanna share with you my experience and impressions from this event.

There were 8 guys registered for the competition in weight class 77 kg (170 lbs) but only 4 appeared including me. All of them requested over 70 kg for Snatch and over 85 kg for Clean & Jerk as their initial weights which is way more the weights that I was going to lift in my best attempts. So I said: “Ok, whatever. I’m here to lift my weight no matter what.”

Accordingly to the roster there were 4 girls with initial weights about 35-40 kilos and the guy with 50 kg for his first attempt in Snatch. “That should give me about 13 minutes for the warm-up which is about 6 sets” I thought. And that was my biggest mistake. The warm-up section was on the 2nd floor and the platform on the 1st, so I fucked up 30 seconds of my attempt when this guy moved his first attempt to 60 kg and the judge called my name. I jumped up on the platform and somehow lifted my initial 52 kg in rush. My second attempt had to be on 57 kg so I received 2 minutes to take a breath and lifted it pretty solid. I was going to order 60 kg for my 3rd attempt in Snatch but my coach said “61” and I thought “Why not?” and ordered 61 kg. There were some guys with initial weight at 60 kg so I had about 4 minutes before my last attempt. Probably I calmed down too much for that time and that’s why I failed at 61 kg.

This lesson with a warm-up taught me to be ready for such “last calls” so I started my warm-up before the Clean & Jerk session a little bit earlier. The Clean & Jerk session gone very good for me and I successfully lifted the weights I wanted. Here are the links for the videos of this attempts:

At the end of the day I would say that I learned a lot from this event where I got 132 kg in total which isn’t bad for the very first weightlifting meet I believe. Also I wanna thank my gym buddy Sergey Sorokin for his support!

Nothing but weightlifting

One of my goals for this year is to participate in at least one Olympic Weightlifting meet. But I didn’t thought that it would be so soon.

CrossFit Geraklion will held amateur competition in Olympic Weightlifting this Saturday (January 25th) and I registered for participation in weight class 77 kg (170 lbs). CrossFit Geraklion Olympic Weightlifting Open This will be my very first Weightlifting meet so I don’t expect to win this event or even take a place on the podium. However, I have a pretty challenging goals:

  • 6 successful lifts
  • Snatch 60 kg (132 lbs)
  • Clean & Jerk 75 kg (165 lbs)

Also I decided to dedicate one full month starting from last Saturday for nothing but weightlifting. The major goal of this experiment is to check how/if improvements of my technique in Snatch, Clean, Jerk and other weightlifting movements can improve my performance in CrossFit WODs.

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Row 500m

3 rounds of:


10 rounds for time of:

Time: 33:46

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50 Double Unders

2 rounds of:


4 rounds for time of:

Time: 16:05

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2 rounds of:

WOD “Nate”

AMARAP in 20 mins of:

Total: 4 rounds + 1 Muscle-up

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Notation: Weight (in kg) x reps x sets or weight x sets

This’s kinda video version of my CY2013 Performance Review created by Statigram from the photos in my Instagram account. Hopefully, this will inspire you to make 2014 The Fittest Year.

3x Microsoft MVP

Those of you who following my blog from the beginning know that last year I published the blog post with similar title “2x Microsoft MVP”. And you will be absolutely right if you think that I received my 3rd Microsoft MVP award.

As previously I think about it as not just the reward for my contribution into the technical community during the last year but as a kick-off for another interesting things in this year. And believe me, I have some ideas ;)

CY2013 Performance Review

For those of you who don’t have experience of working on Microsoft “CY” states for “Calendar Year” and “Performance Review” is the process when you sit-down with your manager to check your results against the targets for the last year and set the goals for the next (this part is called “Commitment Settings”). And this is exactly what I wanna do with this blog post - to check if I’m really achieved my goals for CY2013 and set the new targets for CY2014. So let’s get started.

  • Read 30 books. As I promised you in my blog post a year ago, I created the post especially for tracking the books that I’ve read during the year. And accordingly to this list I read 25 books. That’s really close to the goal (over 70%) but… I failed here. In one of the next blog posts I’m going to review some of these books.
  • Run 500 km. Accordingly to my Strava profile I ran 250 km during that year. Only 50% of the target and the only reason for that is that I totally switched to CrossFit. And this is exactly the thing that I’m going to cover in this blog in this year.
  • Participate in at least one 5K race and complete it within 27 mins. Hell, yeah! I participated in 5K race at The Color Run with the time of 24:54 and in 10K race at Moscow Marathon with the time of 52:13.
  • Blog more often. Well, probably not as often as it could be, but I’m satisfied with the result.
  • Inspire more people to get fit. Yes, indeed! First of all I had a session about fitness and diet at V Ural Forum “Information Security of Banks” that is really uncommon for those types of conferences, you now. More than that I had three people which I consult on fitness and diet, especially after this “before & after” collage. Before and After

And another one thing that I’m really excited about from the last year is my third place (in Lightweight class) in 1K race in CrossFit Geraklion Concept2 Rowing Open 2013.

So now it’s time to set the goals for this year (CY1024). Here you are!

  • Pass IELTS test with not less that 7 points.
  • Follow strict Paleo and Zone diet. More about this in one of the following blog posts.
  • Improve my performance in CrossFit. First of all I want to increase my 1RM (states for “One repetition maximum”) in major lifts like Back Squat (340 lbs. / 155 kg, now 300 lbs. / 136 kg), Deadlift (410 lbs. / 185 kg, now 315 lbs. / 143 kg), Snatch (165 lbs. / 75 kg, now 135 lbs. / 60 kg) and Clean & Jerk (220 lbs. / 100 kg, now 165 lbs. / 75 kg) and improve my time/rounds in benchmark CrossFit WOD’s like Annie (9:56), Barbara (39:40), Cindy (15 rounds + 5 Pull-ups + 2 Push-ups), Jackie (10:58)… you name it.
  • Participate in at least one Olympic Weightlifting meet.
  • Complete a half marathon (21 097 meters).