I’m doing it. I’m taking the plunge. I’m putting myself out there in a situation I have never been in. I won’t be the best, but hopefully I won’t embarrass myself. I’m slight terrified, but I’m making it public so there’s no going back. What am I doing?
I’m competing in an Olympic Lifting competition in November. What qualifies as olympic lifts? A Clean and Jerk and a Snatch. You do one rep and then continue to add weight in set increments until you reach failure. There is a judge who decides if each rep counts, whether you have held it above your head long enough. In the end, they divide your top weight by your body weight to determine places.
Now how did I hear about this and decide ” yeah, it sounds like a great idea to go stand up in front of a bunch of people and pick up heavy things and put them down?”
About a month ago I went to an Olympic lifting competition in Colorado at a CrossFit gym.
The CrossFit gym that I had tried out had sent a team to the competition and there was a big crowd there to cheer them on, including some people I did base camp with. I loved seeing the excitement when people hit weight they didn’t think they could get or the determination when they missed the weight one round and went back to try again in the next round. No shame, no giving up. I wanted to be that person. I wanted to go up there and give it my all. To train hard for it, to share my love of lifting with other people. I was so inspired I came home, signed up and then realized “holy shit, now I have to actually do it”.
I started training last week and will get more intensely into it in the upcoming weeks. As I continue I’ll make some posts on the things I am doing to prepare. It’s not just straight strength, there is a lot of technique, flexibility and quickness involved in Olympic Lifting and I plan on improving all aspects. I’m still scared of making a fool of myself or not being able go get my goal weight up. But, as the saying goes, you miss 100% of the shots that you don’t take.