“To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.” – Picabo Street
Tomorrow I will be competing in the USA Powerlifting Southside Winter Classic alongside some people that I am extremely proud of. Six weeks ago, I rallied the troops from my CrossFit gym to spend the next month and a half getting strong with me with the ultimate goal of stepping onto the platform tomorrow to show off some serious dedication. We started with a crew of 8 and over time, the crew was whittled down to 6 (I’m considering Megan an honorary CF Alaska member, since that’s where she started). Over the last 6 weeks I have been tasked with taking a deeper look at this strength sport I have decided to devote countless hours to, not only as an athlete, but also as a coach. It has given me a new appreciation for the numbers that my coach churns out the week before a meet, because I know those numbers really do have meaning (not that I had any doubts in Matt’s attempt selection before this)… It was an interesting situation that I found myself in, considering these athletes were (and still are) infants (or even newborns) in their strength training lives. They stepped outside of their comfort zones joining me in this short journey and, if nothing else, I hope they have learned at least one thing new about their own character. Never would I have predicted the gains that some of them achieved in 6 weeks and I can’t wait to see it all come together tomorrow morning.
One year ago, this is the meet that I competed in as my first Powerlifting meet… I stepped out of my comfort zone because I wanted to become a more well-rounded CrossFit athlete. I have competed in 4 full meets and 1 push/pull meet in the last 12 months… That’s still toddler-status compared to where I hope to be someday as a Powerlifter. This is also the 3rd in a series of three tightly scheduled meets (mid-September, late-October, early-December) that I planned on competing in after Raw Nationals last July to gain competition experience.
It’s just about game time. Time to execute and leave it all on the platform.
“Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.” –Mike Singletary