Australian powerlifting great Liz Craven posted something on Instagram recently that hit me, as the young folks these days say, “in the feels.”
She recalled breaking some IPF All-time World Records back in 2017, just before a forced six-year hiatus from World competition due to powerlifting politics and Covid (during which time she also overcame some incredibly challenging health problems).
Liz is finally heading back to IPF Worlds this year, and at 48 will be competing against lifters half her age. She writes:
…there is a whole new generation up there.
Very few of the old guard (my friends) will be there, I will be around the middle these days and sometimes it is hard to find the drive to work that hard to be in the middle.
Everything hurts more, everything is harder. Will I even get to weight?
I have been trying to change my perspective though.
It is a privilege to still be able to get there, one other people would love.
So I’ll keep working hard and we will see what I can do after all this time.
Working hard to be in the middle
Working hard to be in the middle is what I do literally every time I train. That’s why this caption resonated so much.