“A winning Strongman Athlete is often times not the strongest, but the most well rounded, well prepared, and mentally tough athlete in the competition. Strongman Training won’t just make you strong it will make you complete as an athlete.” www.strongmanathletics.com
In less than 2 days from now, I will have weighed in to compete in the 5th Annual NH Strongest Man and Woman competition. This is my first foray into the competitive strongman arena and I’m terrified. I am competing against 8 other exceptionally strong women; women who have trained just as much as I have (if not more) and women who want this as much as I do. These are my fellow women of strength.
The rundown of events on Saturday are as follows: http://www.nastrongman.com/pdf/2011/bonnie.pdf
100lb log clean and press (clean once, press for reps in 60sec)
485lb Tire Flip/400lb Sled Drag Medley (50’ each way)
160lb keg carry (50’ turn)
Truck Pull w/Harness (weight TBD)
117lb Atlas Stone over bar (48”) for reps in 60sec
I’ve trained every one of these events. Some I feel more confident in my abilities than others. This of course doesn’t prevent me from being a giant ball of nervous excitement mixed with scared shitless! I’m on display doing these events and the last thing I want is to get stage fright and not be able to perform.
I’ve begun to prepare my body for what will come Saturday and I have to say it hasn’t been easy. See…I’m an intermittent faster; this means I eat every 24 hours. I know what you’re thinking, “you’re starving yourself” and “how do you survive on one meal a day” and “good lord you’re crazy”! Well I’ll save my spiel on intermittent fasting for another day.
So yeah….eating for me isn’t easy because I’ve gotten so use to not eating during the day. Not only will I need to begin carb loading (I also carb backload…another blog post for a different day) but I’ll need to eat during the day of the competition. I’ve got a big list of groceries to buy, from bananas to pretzels to my favorite coconut Quest Protein bars. I will be ready. I just gotta eat it!
My body is ready, my mind is ready; I just have to stop doubting myself. I can do this. I can be better than awesome!