When you set your own expectations you give yourself an opportunity to thrive.
And thrive she did!
It had been 12 months since Caitlin stepped onto the platform for the first time. There had been a lot of changes and a lot of life lived in the lead up to this comp.
Her first comp was an incredible experience and we were excited to jump into prepping for her second. We had begun her prep and then life delivered, ups and downs, twists and turns, so a few weeks out we decided to pull the plug.
Later on, we decided to prep yet again for her second time on the platform but in actual fact this would be her third comp prep (prepping is no easy feat!). 12 months in between one comp to the next can feel like a really long time and it can be daunting.
Can I do it again?
I feel like I’ve gone backwards…
I want to do better than the first one…
What will it be like again?
So our approach coming into this comp was a bit different. There was a heap of “confidence building opportunities” along the way.
This came in the form of top singles, PB’s in training and hitting volumes that were really challenging in a safe and supportive training environment.
We encountered nerves before the platform came by employing these confidence builders during the prep.
Caitlin rose to the opportunities!
She failed some of them and successfully lifted others. When she failed we addressed it. We opened into it and didn’t let a cloud of uncertainty get bigger than it needed to be.
Expectations were set around this comp.
Taking into account time away from powerlifting specific training, her new manager job and lifestyle changes, we set realistic but still challenging goals.
way Caitlin and Coach Ro train is…let’s say quite colourful. There is a
lot of laughs, lots of banter and lots of chatting about stupid shit.
It helps Caitlin to get out of her thoughts and into her body. They
refer to their training style as hashtag “talk shit get strong get
Coming into comp day this was the approach taken.
No headphones for this one.
No sitting down and getting in her head.
It can be easy to get drawn into a way of lifting that is shared amongst others: music in, sitting down, serious.
But for Caitlin, she does so well when she lets her freak flag fly.
So that is what happened on the day.
There was signing, chatting, talking and of course talking about stupid shit.
Caitlin was smiling, she was present and she executed all her lifts so well on the day.
9/9 white lights.
PB’s on everything.
Dropped 5kg in bodyweight during this prep and added 20kg to her total.
Her best lifts were:
Squat 95kg (+5kg)
Bench press 50kg (+5kg)
Deadlift 120kg (+10kg)
Well done C Lucy you cracker jack, what a day!
Decide how you operate best and go for it.
Whether you are more chatty or whether you do need to have your headphones on…take the time to learn how you perform best and go with it.
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