Well, it’s the week of the Strongest Woman in the World. My weight cut has been wonderful and as of today (Tuesday) I’m 1 pound away from making weight. I’ve never been this prepared weight-wise for a contest.
I think people forget that I’ve only really been doing Strongman for about 9 months. Only taking it seriously for the past 6ish months. I’ve done 4 shows since I started and I still consider myself a newbie. So making it to the Strongest Woman in the World took a bit of luck. I’m well aware I’ll be competing against women who will wipe the floor with me and I really have no business being there.
This is the first time I’m going into a competition where I feel ZERO pressure. Normally, I feel like everyone expects me to podium, but this time people are realistic. It feels wonderful knowing that if I don’t do well, it’s ok.
I have every excuse in the book not to go.
- I don’t have enough competition experience
- I haven’t been training long enough
- Almost every event will be a PR for me
- I just moved to Georgia a week ago, so my life has been crazy
- My training for the last couple weeks has been less than reliable
- I’ve been in a long distance marriage for most of the year, so most of my mental energy goes to that
- I’m working towards my Nursing degree as well as being employed (I’m literally writing this waiting for class to start)
- Is there something lower than the Underdog? That’s me.
- I will probably lose
- Multiple people have told me I will fail.
So, why AM I going? Simple.
Because I can.
Because from the second I got the invite, there was zero question whether I wanted to at least try.
Because when someone tells you that you can’t do something, you’re pretty much obligated to prove them wrong.
There are 9 people in my weight class. Even if I come in dead last, I still went. I still made it. And I still tried.
“Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you and the teammates who believed in you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back. Play for her. Love the game for her.” – Mia Hamm
So tell me, what’s stopping you from you chasing your goals?