- Happy Birthday Coach McDowell and Happy Belated Birthday, Coach RO
Thoughts on a Bombed Meet
In my sport the meets only come around every couple months and you only have a total of 3 attempts to get it right, just 3. The meet day arrives and warm ups are taken and they hit like butter. The first attempt comes, my name is announced and I proceed to the platform, ALL eyes on you. MISS #1. I have, to date, competed in 4 other meets and have never missed my first lift, granted, I am trying to qualify for Americans so I am a bit more aggressive with my attempts. Having said that, so much more pressure is mounting, my dream of making the national stage this year now looks bleak, but, possible with a big recovery. I am extremely rattled now but am somewhat holding it together. My name is announced again and I make my way to the platform, again all eyes on me. EPIC FAIL #2. I am now on the verge of complete mental collapse, not only is the national stage gone but I am faced with the prospect of scratching all 3 snatches. I am shaking, can’t gather one coherent thought. This is your true trial as an athlete, do you suck it up or go home. After some help from my coach, I calmed and walked to the platform for my 3rd attempt and nailed it….. I walked off the platform and then heard the announcement that the judges called it a no lift, another fail, I had scratched all three snatches (I watched the video I have no idea why the lift wasn’t good).
The Clean and Jerk portion was inconsequential. I did well but it was a bombed meet. This was my first bomb as a competitive weightlifter. I know there is no elite athlete out there that has not had a bad outing; it is something that has to happen. How you deal with it is your true test. How you grow from it is your assignment. This complete bomb of a meet will not deter me, it will compel me to work harder and do better. I will be back on the platform to train Tuesday with a vengeance.
Have you ever worked really hard for an event and then had it fall apart on you in some way? How did you deal with it?