Two years ago I would have never thought I would enter myself into an Olympic Weightlifting Competition. Two years ago when I started Crossfit, weightlifting as an individual sport wasn’t talked about as often as it is now. It has slowly crept its way in, and now there is a big difference that has been brought to my attention-There is Olympic Weightlifting and #CrossfitLifts. The latter is typically considered a sloppy type of weightlifting that includes pressing out, lacks squatting or getting under the bar, and is done for multiple reps in the middle of a workout. Since about June 2014 I have wanted to do an Olympic Weightlifting competition, but never thought I was good enough to even try. I lifted close to nothing when I compared myself to other people competing and my form was definitely considered “crossfitty.”
I worked with Tom and Annah Borak at Barbell Club at CrossFit 6th Ave & CrossFit Denver (RIP) and then continued to work with them at Barbell Nation at CrossFit South Denver. They are both amazing coaches and Annah is very inspirational – She is about 115lbs and lifts more than me. She is badass. It didn’t get real until September when I started participating in Max Out Saturdays and then in November took the plunge after some peer pressure and I signed up for my first meet.
Let me tell you. I get that I-am-going-to-pee-my-pants feeling before every competition, but something that was SO different in this meet was that all eyes really were on me. It is just you, the platform, three judges, and a crowd. With no music. Whoa. Totally different from my norm. In a race, I am running with thousands of other people with headphones in. In a CrossFit competition I am doing the same workout as 5-25 other people with music blaring and the only people watching me is my family or friends who came to watch me. This I-am-going-to-pee-my-pants feeling was probably the most nervous I have ever been. But I turned those nerves into something positive and went 5 for 6 on my lifts and even hit a personal record (PR) on my Clean & Jerk. Hell yes- let me tell you that story…..
I decided a few days before to open my snatch with 85lbs and my clean and jerk at 110lbs. Let me take you back to 2013. My PR Clean and Jerk was 100lbs. I was going to OPEN ten pounds heavier than what used to be my PR just a little more than a year ago. When I started CrossFit 75lbs was my Snatch PR. So again, opening ten pounds heavier than what used to be my all-time best. It’s cool to think about that.
In a Weightlifting Meet you have three attempts to snatch and three attempts to clean and jerk. The goal is to lift more than anyone else in your weight class. You can fail two of the three lifts and still get a total number. I went five for six and wouldn’t change any of the weights I tried. As for snatch I opened with 85lbs, my second lift was 95lbs, and then at that time my PR was 107 and so I tried for 110lbs as my third and final lift. I missed it. Oh well. Next time. For my clean and jerk I opened at 110lbs, for my second lift I jumped to 125lbs, and then for my third lift I wanted to try and PR, so I tried for 142.5lbs. I got it! I PR’d at my first weightlifting meet. Hell yes.
This meet will not be my last. Ready to get involved in weightlifting more and only get stronger from here on out.