This is an exciting time of year for us at the gym. We’re not training so hard that we can’t do all the fun stuff. I have the flexibility to walk most nights, go to the lake, hike, or just be a lazy bum. You name it; summer is the time to do it. Except skiing, that would be difficult to do in Kentucky right now. But the truth is, we have a meet coming up in October, a meet that I personally really want to compete in. Not kinda, sorta, could go either way on competing. I’m talking full blown, I’m ready to work for this. Honestly, this time last year was the ultimate low in my history of lifting, I couldn’t even pull a warm up weight of 230lbs and I was having emotional meltdowns. It was embarrassing and disappointing. It made sense for me to drop out of the national meet; it would have been a waste of time that only left me more upset than I was to begin with. But that didn’t mean I was ready to give up, when I said no to Nationals next year, I knew that I would have another chance. This year feels different; I want to prove to myself that I can do this. I don’t think it’s about the records or the PRs (who am I kidding it’s always a little bit about the PRs). It’s about redemption and the camaraderie we experience when we compete. I love hanging with these girls and lifting, especially at meets in onesies. Seriously. Sometimes I think it has to do with the disappointment I felt in high school from my failed attempt to be a Division One track athlete (find that story here). Now I have a chance to feel accomplished while remaining healthy, I want chase that. This summer has been fun to see what my body can do, from wake boarding, walking a lot, hiking, kayaking, and not snow skiing. But I’m ready to lift and get serious, to go to Nationals and kick last year’s butt. Keep on the lookout for our future posts about Nationals this year, our workouts are about to pick up and the weights are going to get heavy. Don’t miss out on the action.
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