Wow!!! How personally true #2 of “10 Things New Women Weightlifters Should Know” by A.A.E is to my beginning and current journey of weightlifting and more specifically, Olympic Weight Lifting.
2. Know that you will cry. Weightlifting digs down in to the deepest parts of your soul, and digs up some fierce emotions. You will cry because you made a lift you have been working so hard for; you will cry when you miss a lift. You will cry when your coach yells at you, and you will cry because your BFF training partner just had a break through. You will cry because you want to quit, and you will cry because you don’t. You will cry because you’re afraid. These crying episodes do not make you a cry-baby-titty-mouse; they make you passionate about what you care about: the barbell and being on the platform.
I hear the wisdom now as I begin to write, “Olympic Lifting is a sport in the Olympics because it’s f*$#ing hard!!” Two steps forward, one step back, some days, no progress, some days ten steps back. The never ending journey of Olympic Lifts. I remember the multitude and I mean multitudes, probably every other session, after my 2 hour lessons of just Olympic Lifting (Snatch for an hour, Clean & Jerk for an hour) sitting in my car, crying and crying, asking myself “why am I doing this?” “I’m not getting better.” It always seemed like a never ending battle with rare external rewards, maybe a 1/2 pound increase every 20 hours of focused training…repetition after repetition…muscle memory…neurologically fried and emotionally exhausted.
Oh, but the awesome joy of working so hard, digging so deep, fighting to push one more time makes the new Personal Record (PR) really, really special because we earned every pound on that bar. For some lifts will come easier and for others, years of endless repetition, but all great things are worth fighting for. So cry, get frustrated, throw the weight down and yell, but step back up to the bar, try again, show-up another day and re-group for another day of battling the barbell.
2 years ago… and today….. growth happens, I promise, it just takes time.