I started competing in weightlifting because it is something that I wanted to do. I knew that I loved the lifts and I wanted to see what a weightlifting competition was all about.
I wasn’t told that I should compete. I don’t have a coach telling me its a good idea. It was something I just figured out that I wanted for myself.
There are definitely experiences I know I want to have in life. I do what I can to make sure that they happen. I don’t want fear to keep me from doing something. I still feel fear some times in trying new experiences but I do what I can to mitigate that. Working to reduce the fear might mean things like: asking for help, advice or in-person support from someone who has experience, doing some research so I am as prepared as possible and even just allowing for the fear. However, in all fairness, I am also pretty good at just throwing myself in and learning as I go. Many times you have to feel the fear and do it anyway. 🙂
I had a person with many years of weightlifting experience offer to help me out through my first meet and my friend Leah agreed to compete with me. It helped not being alone for the first competition.
I was terrified about the weigh-in and the singlet on top of to being terrified trying something I had never done before.
The weigh in. Having been to several Ultimate Fighting Championship weigh-ins, I was picturing the meet weigh ins on a scale on a big public stage. The reality was a little different. 🙂 The scale was in a small private room with just one woman present. I weighed quickly and told her my opening attempts. It was done very quickly and painlessly for the most part.
The singlet Oh the agony and angst! I dreaded the singlet. It felt scary and terrible and wrong. It would show all my lumps and curves!! It so ended up being no big deal. Every one wears one. No one cares. Honestly. I promise.
The meet My first time walking up to the platform and I realize I have no idea what I am doing. During my first snatch attempt, I approached the bar. It was crooked.
I looked at the main judge “Can I straighten this?”
He just looked at me. “Yes.”
I straightened the bar.
“Do I go now?”
“Yes, you can go.”
I completed my snatch which I caught above parallel. Being the good crossfitter that I was at the time and wanting to meet movement standards, I rode the squat down to below parallel and stood back up.
Good Lift! Three white lights! Yay!!
I walk off the platform and the man helping me said “Yeah…That catching the snatch and riding it down? Don’t do that.”
Oh. good to know. No one told me I could power snatch and power clean!!!!!! That makes life a lot easier for me. I haven’t hit depth since… but that is a whole other blog post.
It was a great meet. I went six for six in my lifts and had a great time.
My point of this post is that if you want to compete… compete. Every one has a first meet. No one is expecting perfection. Gain the experience. Get a total. You will learn something every time. Don’t let fear hold you back. Ask for the help and support you need to help make this happen. If you don’t have any one close to you that is supportive, reach out to me and I promise we will get it figured out.