The Grind : Part VII

Part VII: The Sand at the Bottom of the Hour Glass



Two weeks from now, I will know the outcome of the competition the past 12 weeks of work will have (hopefully) paid off for. I’ll get to sit back and reflect on the successes, the failures, what went really well, and what went really bad.  



…All that to say, we are SO close to competition day!



We’ve talked about the hard work, how beat up I can sometimes feel, and how volume is key to success when approaching something new, like becoming a weightlifter.  Two weeks out from competition all of that starts to change.



The Difference



Hitting a super heavy squat right before you compete wouldn’t make sense (just like you wouldn’t run a half marathon the day before your marathon). At the same time, you don’t want to ease up so much so that you feel rusty or uncomfortable when the competition starts. The singlet does that, as is - no need to add to it.



For me, this means one heavier squat day, one heavier session for both the snatch and clean and jerk, and a mock competition. Seven-days-out position work, mental focus, and mobility will be imperative.  We’ll discuss what we feel are solid goal weights for the weekend, and with what weight I should make my opening attempts at.



Most importantly, there will be a lot of visualization. A lot of time will be spent thinking about the competition and a lot of envisioning success.  I’ll visualize the weigh-in, how the warm-up will feel, even what I’m going to eat after.  Picturing it all go smoothly will help me feel more comfortable on competition day.   I’m a firm believer in the power of a positive mindset, so feeling positive before competition will make me feel light and confident throughout the whole competition.



The Wrap-Up



A lot of the sand is out of the hourglass and two weeks from today, the final grains will have fallen to the bottom.  Over the next two weeks, Coach Nick and I will make sure we are doing everything in our power to be as successful as possible and make the most of the time that’s left.



For any of those who are local, I’ll be competing at the Lehigh Valley Barbell Open on Saturday March 19th.  My session is scheduled to start at 10:00 am and it would be awesome to see you there!  

Check out the event page on Facebook for more details: