Hi guys! So, my meet is just a few days away now and I'm definitely in the zone. That zone may mean that I am kind of mean, short, and oblivious to everyone around me when I am not lifting. I'm not doing it purposely, but my mind is on one thing only 100% of the time at the moment. It's just how I work. I totally realize that I am not anything special or important in regards to this sport at all, but this is important to me.
There are some non-training things that have been doing to mentally prepare for meet day, and I wanted to share them with you!
1) Watching inspiring people
I have been watching A LOT of YouTube. I don't watch much TV at all, but I do watch a lot of YouTube! MegSquats is my number one for meet prep inspiration because she is just so ballsy. I try and channel her strength and confidence every time I lift. On meet day, I will definitely be thinking of her and maybe even pretending I am her ;) If you're interested, a lot of her "Road to the Arnold 2016" videos are my top favorites, but I seriously love them all. #fangirl
I have also have been watching a bunch of my favorite YouTubers, and their recaps of Powerlifting meets, especially their first ones, and how they deal with everything from nervousness, to not hitting the numbers they expected, to winning, and everything in between!
I get SO nervous before I do anything. So I think it helps to visualize my anxiety and think about how I will overcome it. This will hopefully allow me to recognize that feeling on meet day, and before each lift, and just push right through it! I also visualize myself just standing up no matter what on my squats, and pressing the bar off of me harder than I could ever imagine during bench. I'll be happy with whatever I can get on the deadlift :)
3) Wearing my singlet
I've been putting this off because I prefer lifting in certain clothes, but tomorrow is the day! Tomorrow morning, I have all the competition lifts, so it will be the perfect time to break in the singlet! I would be so fine with it if I didn't have to wear a tee shirt underneath, because it's like a romper or overalls made of spandex, and I love all three of those things!!! Buttttt, you have to wear a shirt under it for squat and bench- as soon as it is deadlift time, the shirt is coming off!!!
4) Playing my theme song(s) on repeat real loud
These songs get me real pumped up, excited, and make me feel strong, so they are constantly on repeat. There is no music at the meet (what?!?), but I think/hope I will be able to listen to headphones for a little bit before I lift.
My coach made me a plan for meet day with my openers and projected second and third attempts, assuming all goes well! When I lifted on Sunday, I wrote down the warm ups I took and what they were in kilos and in pounds. Having this plan in place helps me feel more comfortable, because now I don't really need to think about it, I JUST HAVE TO LIFT IT.
Mike was away since Friday, so my food was super simple, easy, and repetitive (egg whites on repeat over here!) this weekend. Here are a couple of pictures I have snapped of some food lately...
And here are some of my lifts from Sunday! This was my last heavy day until the meet, which is this coming Sunday. I was feeling pretty tired and anxious from not sleeping well with Mike being away, but I hit a new bench PR of 165#. Hopefully meet day will go just as well!!!!
This morning I went to practice my strict curl because the meet does include one of these! It's certainly not my top priority, but I want to have the best technique I possibly can going in to it! This was 70lbs, but then I failed on 75#, so maybe I will get somewhere in between those two numbers on meet day, using kilos.
Have a great week!