Competing puts yourself out of your comfort zone and into the unknown, and I love that. The more we do this, the more we learn about ourselves. So what if you lose from time to time? Use losing as a learning experience. You actually learn more from losing than winning. Losing can be a good way to learn what isn't working for you, which is key. It also gives us a reason to train and put our bodies through the ringer from time to time.
This past weekend, I competed in my first weightlifting meet. Four months of training came down to six lifts- three for the snatch and three for the clean & jerk. I put myself on the line and performed well.
I went 4 for 6, finishing with 99kg, a 4kg PR, on the snatch and 112kg, a 2kg PR, on the clean & jerk. It was a great learning experience on how to warm up and narrow one's focus during times of pressure. I also learned that I need to continue to train hard and with focus. As a newbie to weightlifting competition, I know I have a long way to go if I ever want to be competitive, but until then, I'm still going to put myself on the line and compete!!!
I challenge you to do the same!
Here are videos of my best lifts from the weekend: