CONWAY — Ted Sares of North Conway competed in a push/pull powerlifting event in the annual Turkey Day Bash in Boston, Mass., on Nov. 23, and made all six of his lifts — three in the bench press (also known as the push) and three in the dead lift (referred to as the pull). This got him the first place trophy in his age class.
Of course, being age 82-plus, Sares was the only one in his age class — really he was competing against himself.
Still, he pointed out that the pressure of “bombing out” always exists. This means that if a competitor fails to make at least one of their three lifts in a category, he or she is disqualified at that point and must drop out of the meet. If Sares had missed each of his first three lifts in the bench, he would not have been allowed to continue on to the dead lifts.
He has experienced this “twice in his career and it’s ugly” and thus “determining your opening weight is an important strategic decision.” Sares said that it took him almost three weeks to recover this time, but he still plans to compete in New Hampshire in February, Vermont in May, and, hopefully, Massachusetts in the late fall when he will be 83.
After that, he will assess matters but his goal is to become the oldest push/pull competitors in the country. To this end, he will begin competing with a bench shirt that should enable him to lift even higher weights with less stress. He says the shirt is so tight that it takes two people to put on, but “it’s the tightness that makes it so enabling.”