So last night at Leinsters I had a few demons to get rid of. Last year I'd bombed on the Snatch - missing out on Worlds in the process, then obviously my injury was playing on my mind. Everything came together though and I had the best night I could of hoped for, making all my lifts and actually going heavier than we had planned. This was down to amazing Coaching (as always) and also I had to remain calm, composed and not let my head get in the way (this photo Colm captured of me having a little nap between the Snatch and Clean & Jerk kinda sums up where my head was at 😂) I want to very briefly share how I did that...
Meditation :has played a big role in my life this year and last night I was able to use it to stay in the moment and come back to my breathe when nervous (and I was really fucking nervous)
No pressure: I refused to put any pressure on myself - simple - I literally put zero pressure on myself.
Cues: myself and Colm use the same cues in training as we do on competition day, if my head is running away with me I come back to focusing on those cues -
And that's it! If you find yourself getting in your head and unable to give your best effort on comp day I hope these tips help a little ✌️
Tomorrow im supposed to be lifting at Leinsters 🏋🏻♀️ It's only like 10 weeks since I injured my back in a metcon and slipped two discs and to be honest recovery and has been slow and frustrating but we've been as sensible as possible and the plan was not go anywhere near my pre injury 1rms but to just head down and have fun! I adore Weightlifting and competing and getting back on the platform will be a big deal for me. Hit up a few lifts today and well as fate would have it I got a nasty back spasm on my last split jerk 😤 This is another great lesson in patience and gratitude for me - I'm home with heat packs and minding it which is something I've learned how to do well and now I'll just have to wait and see how I feel tomorrow before I know if I'll get to be back on the platform that quickly - ya I had a few frustrated tears but overall I'm just learning that it's a process and to be greatful and enjoy the days I do get to lift. Keeping my fingers crossed for tomorrow lifting for fun, no ego, lots of gratitude and of course DONUTS 🍩 #smallbutmighty#JustStrong#Weightlifting#Snatch#Rehab#Recovery#Girlsthatlift#IrishWeightlifting#Platform#noEgo#Hungry#Humble#Happy#irishfitfam
@oreillycolm really messing with my head today getting me to start from various positions and catch at different heights 😤 This is all to ultimately get me catching my Snatch lower - by reprogramming my brain as to where to catch - I do love a technical session ... even if at the time I don't think I do 😂 Im super happy to see that I no longer jump forward in my Snatch, a massive technical fault for me that was caused by me not pulling the bar back enough and launching it off my quads rather than waiting for my hip - we've literally spent two years stopping me from doing that 🙈🙈
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Clips from nationals on Saturday.
Snatch 70, 73, 75
CnJ 85, 90x, 90
Really happy to take home gold. Had great craic lifting and met some great people on the day.
Thanks to @beanswole and @tommyjmooney for their excellent coaching throughout the year, give those guys a follow.
Also big shout to @bedd.png (DCUWL's new PR & Social Media officer) for doing a great job clipping and editing the vids together.