My proudest moment in weightlifting thus far: 95x (oops), 96, then a 9 kilo jump to this 105kg/231lbs all time competition PR. I have been chasing this lift for such a long time and I earned it every day the last 8 weeks in my garage 1 platform gym by myself. @burnscolin said we could make a big jump and I knew I could make 105. I earned that confidence every day in practice. 2 months ago I was barely able to move the bar to do drills and mentally crushed. When literally everything had fallen apart, I had to make the decision every day to be a weightlifter after wanting to give up and quit so bad… to give 110% fight every workout. I did not miss 1 jerk in training the entire cycle. My nerves usually come from fear of failure, and taking a quiet moment before the meet I thought to myself “there is no way to fail here, I am doing what I love.” I walked on to the stage a completely different lifter and I can’t thank both Colin and Cortney enough for their help - as coaches, mentors and friends. PS - @im53batch is losing her friggin’ mind at the end of this and I love it. We all fail, life knocks us all on our ass sometimes... and without the moments of heartache we couldn't appreciate what it is like to feel joy. Thank you all so so much from the bottom of my heart for your support during this turnaround. And thank you to the reddit haters too, i'd be lying if I didn't admit I used the hate spewed at me when I was down to my benefit. Pretty cool to have now qualified and competed at the National level in 3 different bodyweight categories.
Goodbye split jerk, goodbye California, goodbye 2017. PSYCHED for the Arnold, and what is to come.
✨84/105 for 189kg total at 66kg BW @universalusa @roninweightlifting @barbellsandbowssquad