World record? Sure I will take that!

June 08, 2016
Picture credit: Alive to Thrive Photography

That is what total effort look like! Happy to say I did get that lift!

May 14th was a big day. I stepped back onto the platform to compete in powerlifting. It has been years since I walked away from competing. This go round was a totally different experience, and it was fabulous.

I was confident, happy and reasonably relaxed. Andrew (Aspire Health and Performance) had done a great job of preparing me for the day and helping me keep my expectations in check as to what our goal was. The goal was to get back on the platform and remember what it was like to have my head in the game, obviously it was also to be competitive but in Vernon that was only part of the process.

I have some frustrations with the sport and I needed to make sure my head was in a good place to deal with them (a post of another day) but needless to say I was worried that those old frustrations would show up and throw me completely off.

They didn’t.

Having Andrew there to coach me through the day (I am horrible at warm ups) and a crew of people ready to cheer me on (thank you Roberta, Valeh, Kim, Lance, and Sheila) made a big difference, along with what I had done to get there.

I went 7 for 9. I missed my 3rd Squat and my 3rd Deadlift. The great thing is I walked away from both lifts knowing they are just about ready and next go round will be mine.

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Squat 152.5kg / 335.5lbs  – National Record for weight class and both age group and open class

Bench – 72.5kg / 159.5lbs – National record age/weight class (which is ridiculous but I will take it)

Deadlift – 157.5 / 346.5lbs – National record age/weight

Total – 382.5 / 841.5 – National record age/weight

Unconfirmed World Record in the back squat, deadlift and total for my age group and weight class.

So if you are keeping track that is: 5 National Records and 3 World Records.

 

So I won gold in my age group/weight class at the Vernon classic, but I was the only one in it.  The good news is that on the world stage my numbers hold. Oddly enough in powerlifting they give individual awards for bench and dead but not squat.. if they had I would of had the squat gold as well.

The big winner is always the overall winner, that is the person who lifts the most vs their body weight. They use a formula called wilks. In my weight class it is rarely won because there is usually a beast in a lighter weight class that tips the scales dramatically! I have only won it once, and I came close this time as well, sitting in 2nd or 3rd. If I had gotten my 3rd Squat or Dead it would of been mine.

I am at a good place to start both physically and mentally. Overall I am happy with these numbers, not thrilled, but happy. Next up is The Grind in August and following that Worlds in Pennsylvania!

 

*To be completely transparent my bench has been MUCH better in the past and should be closer to 200lbs to be competitive on the world stage.  The federation I lift in is called 100% RAW and while competitive, the most competivtite federation (and oldest) is IPF or CPU. My weights are close to records in IPF and I’m looking forward to blowing those up as well down the road.

 

 

 

Help Me… Help Me…

May 03, 2016

“Help Me… Help Me…”

Words I can’t get out of my head.

On the weekend I was at a triathlon, a wonderfully organized event targeted at beginners just starting into the crazy world of tri’s.

“Help Me… Help Me..”

The pool was full of people challenging themselves for the first time or even elites doing it just for the joy of a new triathlon season starting.

“Help Me.. Help Me..”

My friend and I heard it at the same time and turned to see where the distressed call was coming from. We spotted a woman in the pool. She stood out as she was sidestroking.. not a stroke often used in a triathlon unless you were in distress.

“Help Me.. Help Me..”

Our eyes locked for a split second as we determined what needed to be done. The women kept swimming. We spotted a lifeguard that appeared to have already assessed the situation and was quickly moving to help, yet at the end of the lane after a brief rest the woman pushed off and continued.

As the swim continued that woman was assessed and lifeguards spoke with her time and time again, she was determined to continue and would push off into the lane and continued even with the show of concern.

That determination is often praised in sport. “You can do anything you put your mind to” we tell people. You’ve got this.. go for it! It doesn’t matter how fast just get it done! We support you!

I agree with all of that. To a point.

Have we lost the important concept that you need to EARN your way into these events. Triathlons, marathons, any sporting event really needs a level of training.  You need to know that you have the basic skills required to cross the finish line. People are there to help you do it, people are ready to come to your aid if something goes wrong BUT you need to go in with the training that supports you safely making the attempt.

“Help me.. Help me..”

I will hear that forever, on repeat in my mind. That woman who laughed and smiled with family and new friends she had made waiting to start her race didn’t finish her race. Even with down right heroic efforts of first responders she died at the pool that day.

“Help me.. Help me..”

I watched as a lifeguard asked if she needed to stop one final time and I watched as she pushed off the side of the pool with a cough and ignored that lifeguard and kept swimming. I watched as the distress got to be too much and amongst her fellow triathletes lifeguards let the training take over and they got her out of the water, out of the water SO SO fast and start chest compressions. I watched as spectators eyes grew wide at what they were witnessing and children were quickly escorted out of the pool. I watched as triathletes tried to regroup and figure out what to do next.

“Help me.. Help me..”

I am a woman of action. I HELP. I FIX. I GET IT DONE. I was alone at the edge of the pool knowing I could do nothing directly and the best possible people were doing all they could. So I did the only thing I knew how to, I quickly determined how to help the remaining athletes.

I stood at the end of the lane. It would be the last 50 meters for those still in the pool. The hardest 50 to stay focused as they swam directly beside the life saving efforts happening on the deck and I made sure they had something to focus on. I put that radio voice to good use and I cheered, I called out the names I knew and I bellowed those athletes through their final 50, got them out of the pool, did what I could to distract them and get them out the door and ready to grab their waiting bike for the next leg of the triathlon.

“Help me.. Help me..”

I felt so disrespectful to that woman, to her family to the people trapped on the bleachers unable to get away from what was playing out in front of them. Somewhere in my mind I determined I was honouring the athlete that choose to swim on that day.

When the last swimmer was out. I have no idea what happened, I was just suddenly outside cheering for a friend who was cycling past.

“Help Me.. Help Me..”

I truly wish I could have. I am SO angry that my friends had to deal with this both organizers, athletes and first responders. I have been seething with a rage that is very close to boiling over. I am working through why I am so angry and the answer to that is complex and simple all at the same time.

I reached out for help. I have a circle of friends in the first responder community or with trauma experience that understand better than I do what I am feeling.

Thankfully I am choosing to listen to them as I say “help me.. help me..”

If you are dealing with some after effects of what happened this past weekend, or really from anything please know that resources are available. CLICK HERE for a list of numbers to call.

** Please note I am aware that there is much much more to the story of what happened on Sunday. I am only writing about what I saw and felt and am feeling still, and only a portion of what I experienced.  I do want people to understand that even if you were not a first responder you may be feeling some tough emotions after witnessing that and help is available. No shame. Feelings are feelings and there are tools available to help you deal with them. *** 

I really need to stick to a schedule…

April 15, 2016

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3 Easy Things To Do That Will Make Life Better

February 16, 2016

These three things are not necessarily for everyone but they impacted my life in enough of a way that it should be shared.

Here we go! Three easy things to do that will make life better.

Number 1

We shall start with an Affirming Password!

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How many passwords do you type in the day? Make them work for you!!

Try: Iamhappy, NoSmoking, DrinkMoreWater, or Itisanawesomeday!

Use what ever will help you have the best day you can. The little things can make a difference.

 

Number 2

Don’t take this the wrong way, but my weekly blow has changed my life!

Seriously. Once a week I visit Ashley at Cream Salon on Ellis and she “blows out” my hair. My hair has never been better! Our Grandma’s were on to something when they went to the salon once a week for a “set and style.”  It has gotten to the point that my hair only needs to be washed once a week. It’s fabulous. TRY IT. Grandma was RIGHT!

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It took about 6 weeks to get to this stage but it was worth it, I now have a stylists that knows my hair super well because she works with it every week, and I don’t have to buy shampoo and conditioner anymore because Ashley is the only one that washes my hair and uses the best product around!

Number 3

Sweat. REALLY sweat.

Andrew at Aspire Health and Performance once said to me that at the end of every training session I should not be able to leave the gym comfortable without taking a shower. I hold that in the back of my mind when I am training with Andrew or on my own. Basically 5 days a week I sweat for over an hour.

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I sweat out anger.

I sweat out frustration.

I sweat determination.

I sweat to hide tears.

I sweat because I am alive and moving my body as well as I can to make sure I live the life I want to.

A few more reasons SWEAT is good for you.

 

 

There you go!

Three relatively simple things that have truly impacted in my life in a positive way, perhaps they can do the same for you!

Not Gonna Happen

February 06, 2016

Today I tweeted:

Sometimes the “Yes You Can’s” turn into “Not Gonna Happens.” Your job is to find peace with that and live live to the fullest. 

Apparently I have a few issues.

I woke up this morning to a pretty cool realization, I traded in a few goals/dreams in order to make other goals/dreams bigger and better. Some of those priority shifts were based on wanting to see other people happy and some were because as I grew into the woman I am today my priorities changed. Could I still hit a few of those goals that I haven’t achieved yet?

Totally.

Am I will to make the sacrifices I need to in order to make that happen?

Hell no.

That is something that I have to own.  Sometimes it makes me sad but no point in bitterness and anger, especially if it gets direct at people around me.

rambling-signDon’t get me wrong, I am not saying to throw up your hands and sit back on your heels. Grab life with both hands and run with it! Do things! Create! Love! If you are miserable, move on and make room for joy.

Please don’t wallow in unachieved dreams.

Reflect so you can appreciate the journey, but don’t get stuck on a goal that is no longer applicable.

Hmmmm.. I think this would be where an entire conversation on “ego” would start. We can leave that for another day.

 

 

SNOW!! Here’s how to beat the snow shoveling blues!

January 05, 2016

So, we have snow.. and more snow.. and look.. MORE %^$# SNOW! If you don’t have the luxury of underground heated parking (I love condo life) chances are good you have some shovelling to get done. Perhaps you have done the shoveling and now can’t move. Hopefully these 3 little moves will help. #Condoliferocks

Big thanks to Andrew at Aspire Health and Performance! If you are looking for a coach, he does know a few more moves as well 😉

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Whoa.. it’s been awhile!

December 07, 2015

Wait… What?!? I haven’t updated this blog since the end of October?

Cray – Cray!

Okay.. in brief here is what is going on.

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Back at Aspire after being sick and working my buns off. Fat loss is still a struggle but everything else is awesome, including the people I train with daily.  Get a jump start on your New Year Resolutions and call today!! They even have a new nutritional program available! Aspire Health and Performance is so great!

Started going to Valeo Health Clinic (Shout out to Dr. Shannon Snow!) to figure out what is going on with my knee and hip and we seem to be making gains!

Please note: going to people that truly know what they are doing makes a HUGE difference. DO IT! 

 

Ratings came out and we continue to grow our numbers at Q103.1 (Yippee!)Susan and John

I can fit into clothes at stores that don’t carry plus sizes and got the sweetest little Christmas party dress, and a pair of hot boots.          dress

So know that we are all caught up, a quick head’s up; annually I do a “Holiday Shopping Blog” usually it starts December 1. Obviously I am running behind, I promise to get it started tomorrow!

Until that time I leave you with some Christmas cheer! Love this family that makes up a dance every year…

That’s one way to keep busy!

 

 

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