Competing in powerlifting demands a lot of hard work to meet the physical demands of the sport but it is also a mental game. You must be focused and confident to have a great meet no matter how hard you have trained.
This fact became especially true at our last meet. We quickly realized that the judges were being really tough on squat depth. Getting a red light can mess with your head but getting two can be devastating; meaning the lift does not count. Typically when you miss a lift that weight would be repeated for your next attempt. That’s what I did when I missed my second squat attempt and I still ended up with a PR of 214. Suzanne, on the other hand, decided to go for it when she was red lighted. She walked off the platform and said to Jim, “go up anyway.” He asked her if she was sure and she said, “absolutely.” She was confident and had something to prove to herself and the judges, and she did just that with a huge PR of 275.
It’s not always sunshine and roses though. All of us have experienced disappointment and frustration which can and does result in tears. But what’s really hard is watching a teammate and good friend fall apart on the platform, missing a weight that you’ve seen her do time and again in training. That is Jen’s story and I’ll let her share it herself later but it just goes to show how important it is to have your head right.
Important lessons are being learned on the competition platform and I wouldn’t trade it or this team for anything.