This meet was definitely a learning experience for me. In my eyes, I did not have a great performance and I had to learn the hard way that you have good days and bad days. This was my first time feeling uncomfortable under the bar on a squat, which caused me to break down on the platform. As result, I missed my 3rd attempt. Unfortunately, this caused me to turn into a mental midget leading up to bench press.

I was already sore and negative thoughts were running all through my head. My shoulder has been beat up the last few months, so I was not expecting to PR, but coming into my bench attempts with that attitude was not going to help my situation. I also was not able to get myself set in the same fashion as I normally do while benching. I walk up to the platform and hit my first attempt and felt pretty good. My second attempt pretty much crushed me and my shoulder was not happy about it. This forced me to forgo my 3rd bench attempt for the sake of avoiding injury.

I talked to Tim in between lifts and one thing he said really stuck with me. It was, “We are going to see who the real Freddie Jones is once we get to deadlift.” Then he smiled and told me that I will be ready for 600lbs. Obviously I agreed with him but I was scared as hell! In my eyes I have been screwing up all meet and now it’s time to go for a huge PR. Tim puts so much effort into all of us, so if I missed this 600lb deadlift, I would let him and myself down. I definitely could not let that happen, so I got my mind right and focused. By the end of the meet I was happy to say that I did hit all of my deadlift attempts, which allowed me to come in first and win the all-around best lifter award.

At the day ended, I learned that some days you will feel great and others you won’t know what the hell is going on, but that does not mean that its time to give up.  You literally have to adjust adapt and overcome. Things wont always go your way but crying about it wont fix anything. If you have a goal, you need to mentally and physically prepare yourself and get after it because nothing in this sport is handed to you. This makes me excited for the offseason because I know that I have a lot of work to do before nationals. If we work for it, we will get there.

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