I wrote the following yesterday, and wanted to share as it was written…
I’m at my very first weightlifting competition. No, not as a competitor, but as a spectator. I’ve had a nervous giddiness about attending since I first found out about it. Admittedly, I’m new to the world of weightlifting, so I didn’t know and still don’t know the protocol for attending things like this. I hemmed and hawed all day…asked a couple of friends and even my sis if they’d come with me. Lol, no luck on any front so finally I just went alone.
I arrived just in time to see the women in The 75kg+ category compete. Now, from my estimation and super sucky metric to American conversion, I believe this would be the weight class I’d be in. So it was cool to see what the competitors looked like and what kind of weight they were moving. Gives me an idea of what I need to do, learn, and prepare for.
Oh yea, mama wants to be a competitive lifter.
Back to the competition though. I kinda slid in the back, super late, and found a nice solitary chair to observe from. In the audience, you could tell there are friends, family, and other supporters of the competitors and maybe some lifting enthusiasts too.
The ladies all went through their weights with the snatch being first. Then, they went right into the clean and jerk. It was interesting to note that not all went into a full snatch, some just did a power snatch (where you land in about a quarter to a half squat vs the full squat you do when performing an actual snatch). Good for me to know, since I didn’t know that was allowed in competition, but cool! The clean and jerk portion was interesting to watch as well. Everyone really has their own style and way of getting under the bar…you can tell what was a struggle and was seemed like light weight for the ladies.
Random thoughts going through my head right now…
- Heart pounding…this is amazing.
- I can totally do this.
- I’m appreciative of my coaches for their instruction so far. I can definitely see the difference in the competitors technique and can see where a lift might go a lil screwy vs looking solid.
- They hit the bottom rather nicely on snatches…I’ve got work to do on that one.
- Oh…so THATS why I muscle snatch and overhead squat so much.
- The hold is as important as the drive itself.
- The push press is my friend.
- I CAN TOTALLY DO THIS!
Yea it was a great time at the open, even though I didn’t see the other weight classes compete, I saw enough of what I needed to see to solidify my desire to compete. The next couple of months will be just learning all I can, practicing on skill work, and getting my mind right. There’s the 2014 American Weightlifting Open Competition which will be in DC this December. It’ll be both powerlifting and Olympic lifting. I want to compete in both, and fates willing – I shall so just that.