I recently returned from competing at WRPF Nationals in Las Vegas, a five-plus-hour flight away from my home. (It went well!) This was something like the sixth large meet to which I’ve had to travel a long distance (including a couple internationally). Through all of those trips, plus hearing stories from fellow lifters, I’ve picked up a few pointers you may find useful if you’re new to the experience of traveling to a powerlifting meet.
Tag: competition tips
Do you have any tips for mindset and overcoming fear before heavy lifts? My issue is when I step up to a big lift I try to psych myself up but there’s always a voice telling me “you’re gonna fail this.” How do I shut that voice up?!
This is a common problem and one I deal with myself sometimes. I jokingly apologized to my coach recently for being a head case—my self-talk has been pretty poor as I struggle to come back from a back injury—and he kindly referred to me as a “psychological athlete” 😂 and said he’s going to tell me to just shut my brain off for the entire day at Nationals in a couple of weeks.
But, how do we shut our brain off? How do we stop thinking so much and just DO the damned thing?
Congratulations! You did it! You took the plunge and signed up for your first powerlifting meet!
Now you find yourself swinging between excitement and high anxiety. What have you gotten yourself into?!
My husband and I headed to Portland, Maine this past summer to catch Jack White in concert.
Intelligent people could argue for hours about whether or not the performance was good based on which version of Jack White you prefer (there have been *many*). But this isn’t a music review.
What I want to talk about is what happened during the first song, “Fear of the Dawn.”
A master at work
Within minutes of taking the stage, it became clear White had a problem with his guitar. Since he’s a guitarist, that posed a challenge.
If you cultivate something in your mind, you give it a life. It’s really that simple.Laird Hamilton, champion big wave surfer
Let’s talk about self-talk.
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