What an amazing competition! 2011 So far has been pretty eventful going to all of these exciting competitions and competing against and watching the best lifters in the world.
After a long day of travelling I finally got into France. Administratively the competition was pretty chaotic. Upon arrival I waited two and a half hours to get picked up from the airport only to give up and pay for a bus to get me to the resort where I checked in and got my accreditation. Thank goodness my credentials only took 10 minutes because I heard some people, especially in the earlier part of the week were waiting between 10 and 15 hours!
The resort we were staying at was really nice. The beds and rooms were much more comfortable than we anticipated. The only down falls really were the food selection and internet access. You’d think for how much it costs a night to stay at a resort internet would be included and there would be a better selection of food. That’s just my opinion however.
The hotel was about a quarter mile from the training hall and a little further from the competition hall. I feel like the location and, distance, and way of getting to each of those places could have been better but, it was convenient to have everything within walking distance even other restaurants when the cafeteria food got shady.
The training hall was in basement of one of the other hotels. It had a ton of platforms. They had interesting new collars and bars I haven’t seen before and interesting weight trees. There were and unlimited supply of water to the athletes so that was good and there was free wireless internet. I had to wait every time I went to the training hall in order to use the internet and only for a short time but, it’s better than not having it at all. I can’t wait to catch up on my shows when I get home. The training hall was busy a lot of times. It was interesting to see how people accommodated their training to the new facility and to see different exercise, meet new people, etc. The only person who managed to control the environment of the room was Behdad Salimikordasiabi from Iran. He was clean and jerking some obscene amount of weight and everyone stopped to watch him in silence. It was a little teaser for his great performance later that week.
Training went really well for me leading up to this competition. It was night and day difference from when I went to Pan Ams and when I came to Worlds. I had snatched