One of the more important things weightlifters have to be prepared for is the unexpected.  This year’s American Open marks the first time in my competition career that I will get to compete at home and stay in my own bed the night before competition.  This makes a lot of the preparatory work much easier but there is a list of materials and items that are a necessity regardless of location.  For those of you competing this weekend that may be reading this.  Here are some of the things that I always make sure to buy 1-2 days ahead of time and make sure to have with me at the competition venue.
Some of these need no explanation.  Others I will walk you through why it’s crucial for me.
– Pedialyte, Mineral Water mixed 50/50.  Seems to be the best combination to allow me to rehydrate after weigh in
– Berries: Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, you get the picture.  Seems to be the best fruit to spike my insulin just enough for competition.
– Deli Roast Beef: This is a weird one for me.  I have experimented with all kinds of foods for after weigh-in and during competition and this seems to be the best.  My first Junior Nationals, I went straight to Subway the second after weighing in and devoured a footlong meatball sub.  My thinking was it will be good protein for fuel during the competition.  I left the platform after my last clean and jerk and immediately puked.  I have since moved to simple roast beef.  I’m a little particular about what kind but roast beef tends to do the ticket.
– Both flexible and regular athletic tape.  Self explanatory here.
– Nail clippers and trimming clippers.  Calus rips, skin tears, etc
– My own block of chalk.  I do this on the off chance that they run out of blocks of chalk.  Weird thing but I like it better than the powder.
– Tiger Balm.  Tight muscles or any unforeseen stiffness.
– Ibuprofen
– Gauze and alcohol wipes should the bar cause some blood on my shin.
– Lacrosse ball, stretching bands
– The obvious: shoes, singlet, belt, wrist wraps
– A dozen homemade chocolate chip cookies.

1 day out…