Learning to compete is a skill just like anything else. It takes time to perfect. When your name is called, are you physically and mentally prepared to show off all of your hard work? Did you cut weight? Were your warm up attempts timed properly? How did you sleep the night before? How has your training been? Have you tapered correctly?
This summer I challenged Tali (@zamboni63) and Thadd (@thatoneguythadd) to compete in every meet possible over the next few months. The idea was that the more you compete, the better you become at it. The more practice you get to try out different foods, warm ups, and competition attempts, etc., the more solidified your competition routine becomes.
If competing nearly once a month wasn’t hard enough, I asked them to train through each competition. Training through a competition without a proper taper allows an athlete to continue to progress in their training cycle without losing a significant amount of strength gains, but it brings about a different set of mental challenges. Expectations have to be adjusted, and openers must be declared lower. Tali and Thadd were tired, beat down, and depleted from the @vulkanweightlifting summer strength training cycle.
Even so, they collectively went 10/12 and made over 90% of their best lifts on their final attempts. Tali took first overall while Thadd placed third. Results aside, I was most impressed with their mental fortitude. They took it one attempt at a time and didn’t let the number on the bar affect the focus they brought to the platform. I couldn’t be happier with Saturday; we learned ways to improve for next time, had fun, and took home some hardware!_______________________________________________#olympicweightlifting #cleanandjerk #hookgrip #snatches #overheadsquat #splitjerk #frontsquat #pushpress #squatclean #backsquat #powersnatch #powerclean #portlandia #pdxlife