RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Bill Prince didn't expect to accomplish much when he arrived in Riverside last Saturday for the Southern California Classic Bench Press and Dead Lift Championships.
After all, the week before he'd been on the other side of the country - in the Southern Tier, to be exact - visiting family, and had spent the last several days leading up to the event driving - yes, driving - the nearly 2,500 miles back across the country towards the city of Riverside, which is located about an hour east of Los Angeles.
Once again, however, the 76-year-old was indomitable.
Prince, who has already set three new World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters (WADBL) world bench press records this year in the 75-80 division, increased that impressive total to four during competition on Aug. 10.
And along the way he added a few more trophies to the case.
Prince earned one trophy for first place, another for being named "best lifter" - which was the second time in as many events he's captured that particular prize - and a third, which he called in an email "my favorite," for breaking another world record behind his winning lift of 316.2 pounds.
The event, which featured some 75 competitors in a variety of divisions such as Prince's 75-80 division, the All Women Benchers division and the Junior Men division, among others, was held for benchers and deadlifters looking to earn a place in the upcoming world championships.
This year's edition of the Southern California Classic drew more than 200 spectators.
Up next for Prince is the aforementioned World Bench Press and Dead Lift Championships, which will be held in Reno, Nev. It is slated for Nov. 5-10.