What is the one thing you don’t want to have happen right before a meet? Not just the week of, but three days before? A stupid gastrointestinal virus; the kind that keeps you nauseated and feeling just plain awful. But it didn’t stop there; it got worse, way worse. This was the kind of thing I was very afraid would make me weak and dehydrated. It was here and there was absolutely nothing I could do but weather the storm and hope for the best.
One of my goals for this meet had been to cut weight to make it into the same weight class I competed in last year. I was trying not to stress about it, but that’s just how we women work you know. I needed to drop seven pounds, but this little bug was not what I had in mind. And let me just say the only reason I wanted to drop weight was to hopefully increase my National record from last year. That, and maybe just the mental satisfaction that I could do it.
This nasty visitor started on Wednesday, and by Friday I felt extremely weak. I was trying to maintain my game face, although I believe my fellow teammates could tell. I kept telling myself I had to realize this was potentially going to affect my performance, and that I had to keep this all in perspective. YEAH RIGHT!!! Sure I did. Pedialyte here I come!
By Friday evening I was able to eat and carb up for the meet the next day. And yes, I did make weight! Saturday morning I felt pretty much like my old self, but during warm- ups I noticed the weights just felt so heavy. I didn’t have the mental confidence I needed. To be completely honest, I was shaking in my boots, and I had a total freak out moment right before we went into squats. Like usual though, my teammates were in total support and brought me back into focus. I truly don’t know what I would do without them.
By the end of the day I had a PR in squat, and increased my National record from last year. But I would be lying if I told you I wasn’t disappointed I didn’t PR on bench or deadlift (deadlift especially). Do I wish I had stayed at home and not competed?….HELL NO!!!