Our next competition is this weekend! After my less than stellar performance last time, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit I have a bit of anxiety about this one. This training cycle has been consistent, and as always, our coach has gone above and beyond to get us ready for this meet. Most of the girls are “game day players”; meaning they take the pressure of competition and channel it to excel. I’m not. Perhaps it’s my lack of participation in team sports when I was younger, or my overall rebellious introverted nature, but whatever the reason, I intend to approach this competition with a different mindset.
Here are my goals:
- Appreciate the moment. We’ve all trained hard and put effort into improving and getting stronger. Not everybody has the balls to shimmy into a onesie and try for a max effort lift on a platform in front of strangers. I intend to be present in that moment and appreciate what it has taken to get to that point.
- Encourage and support my teammates. One of the things I feel bad about is my self-involvement during the regional meet. I was so wrapped up in my performance, I completely checked out on my team. I intend to be a cheerleader for everyone regardless of what is going on in my own head.
- Have fun. This is supposed to be the “why” we do these things, right? We’re not professional athletes, we’re normal everyday people. I love lifting, I love these girls, and I love our coach. This is a great adventure for all of us to travel and hang out together and I intend to have fun and enjoy the experience.
- Set PR’s. Personal records are made on the platform, and let’s be honest, we only get this opportunity twice a year. Our training is responsible and methodical, and as such, we are not allowed to grind out max effort lifts during training. This is the time to see what we can really do. I intend to take full advantage of this opportunity and give it my all to set new PRs.
Regardless of the outcome, I know this experience will be better. There’s a bunch of sappy crap about failure making us stronger and it’s not how many times you get knocked down, and blah blah blah. Whatever. Come Saturday, there is no place I’d rather be than with these girls and our coach, doing something pretty freakin’ awesome. I intend to enjoy every moment.