A Daughter

I remember when I first laid eyes on Katherine, when they first put her, wrapped in a green blanket and pink cap, into my shaking arms and I remember vividly that first night when we stared at each other for hours. I was in awe and a little terrified of this totally new person that…

By default

“Yeah, but I didn’t lift because I won the spot. I was there by default, because the person who won at Nationals didn’t want to go.” An athlete and I were walking back to the hotel having a conversation about lifting and competing and the topic of winning (be it a place on a team…

Strength and resilience

I used to think that my primary job as a competitive lifter was to continuously get stronger in the gym and that this would directly translate to better performance in competition. Grinding in the gym, day after day, working the accessories and hammering the main lifts, while continuing to work on recovery and nutrition… that’s…

Looking forward and chalking up

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. About commitment, about choosing to continue pursuing something in the face of obstacles, about why we continue to flail at things that repeatedly kick us square in the soul, and what is is that makes it not only possible, but almost inevitable that we will get back…

On mediocrity

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets I was working through a couple of things mentally last night, trying to figure out how to fix my bench, examining all the aspects of it that need work from…

Pre-comp thoughts and musings

I like to write stuff down. I write down goals, dreams, ideas, and plans. Sometimes I write for the purposes of sharing or communicating, but quite often I write things never shared just to get them straight in my own head. These blog posts (along with the “drafts” never published) function as a diary of sorts,…

Three years & gratitude

I don’t do things halfway. Not the important ones. If I decide to do something that has meaning to me, I give to it whatever I can and whatever it needs of me. This is often a great asset (and occasionally a tremendous liability – I’ve ended up with some tremendous successes and some pretty…

Powerlifter survey part 4: experiences & body image

In case you missed the others, here are all the posts in this series: Part 1: Female Masters Powerlifting Survey Results (the quantitative portion) Powerlifter Survey Part 2: training volume, injury, and fear Powerlifter survey part 3: Age is just a number Powerlifter survey part 4: experiences & body image Powerlifter survey part 5: I…

Powerlifter survey part 3: Age is just a number

Getting survey responses like this is an interesting experience. Unlike with the numbers portion, the textual responses are very real and very human. Part of the reason I decided to share them with minimal editing (other than to ensure anonymity or correct typos) is the power and poignancy of some of the words used. There…

Powerlifter Survey Part 2: training volume, injury, and fear

The three questions below seem simple enough, but a substantial portion of lifters voiced concern about injury and their ability to participate in the sport long term, so I’ve presented the responses here as submitted. Every powerlifter eventually acquires a war story or two about injuries and they are a common concern, regardless of age,…

Gravity and belief

I had a consultation with a new client yesterday. We sat in the sunshine of a coffee shop and chatted, getting to know each other and sharing stories and thoughts in the manner of two people negotiating a new relationship. You can learn a lot about a person’s hope, dreams and fears over a cup…