Training has become a lifestyle for me. I train 6 to 7 days a week to help improve my squat, bench and deadlift no matter what is going on in my life. For the past 2 years, I can say that I eat, sleep and breath powerlifting. Not only does it keep me strong, but it also keeps me sane. The gym is definitely my get away and while I am in here, lifting is my main focus. 

This weekend I will be competing in my fourth meet since I started training as a powerlifter. So far, each one has pushed me another step closer to breaking big records and boosting my national ranking. I place a lot of pressure on myself to be successful. Even though I feel that pressure, I have been trying to stay as relaxed as possible coming to the end of our meet prep. Unfortunately, there have been a couple obstacles that I had to overcome in the process. My shoulders have pretty beat up and I have been struggling with my bench press as a result. I try not to let everyone notice, but the frustration has been getting the best of me.

These types of problems are where my teammates and coach play the biggest role. No matter how much I would stress about things, they have been there to supporting me; sending me positive messages to keep my head on straight. This has motivated me to be smart about my injury, give it time to recover, but never give up or let it hold me back.

As our prep comes to an end, I am very excited to see how things go. I appreciate all of the optimism from Tim and everyone else in the gym about this meet. Lately, my shoulder has been feeling a lot better and for the next week, I can finally relax (a little) and mentally prepare myself for the big day. Time has been flying and it will be here before we know it! Since everyone is so excited for it, I know that we all are going to be pumped up and hit some huge numbers on all of our lifts. This hard work will pay off.