As some of you may know I competed at a National Level Weightlifting Meet, American Open Series 2. I was SO nervous! I don’t remember the last time I was THAT nervous. I have been to those meets before where I coached athletes and counted cards but lifting on that stage never really crossed my mind until Coach Christian came along.
I qualified back in April at the meet we held at CF Oxnard. I was training from April-July. In between those times my Grandpa was rushed to the ER and it was about 2 weeks where we weren’t quite sure if he was going to make it. He passed away in June in the peak of my training. I put my family first for that month. My training came second, I would miss lifts and be okay with it because it was JUST a lift. Or sometimes I would just break down and cry. My consistency was not there the cycle leading up to AO2 and I knew that. My coach knew I had my heart and mind somewhere else and he guided me the best way HE could leading up to this past weekend.
The night before it was my turn to lift I was restless, I was thinking about my grandpa and I did not want to bomb out of my snatches because I have not been so consistent with hitting certain percentages. 10:11AM came and I made weight! I was able to breathe a little more but not too much. As soon as I entered into the hall where they had all three platforms I felt a sense of relief. Then my coaches, Christian & Frank told me I was up first. YIKES! My heart was beating 100mph, I started to cry a little & I felt like I was going to faint. They do intros, pronounce my last name wrong, which made me laugh & went on to get ready to be the first lifter in the 64C session.
They call my name, I walk out breathe, smile before approaching the bar, set up and BOOM! First snatch in a National Meet was DONE! Did a little dance, a big smile, and I can breathe again. Made my second snatch by a hair but hey it was a lift! Last lift was coming and my coach asked me what I wanted, meaning, Did I want to play it safe or push myself. I told him I did what I came here to do so yes, let’s go for broke. WELLLL I missed but THAT IS OKAY! Same thing happened with the clean and jerks. Missed my last one with a smile. I couldn’t have asked for a better miss haha. I did it! I went 4/6 in my first NATIONAL MEET. I did NOT meet my total from April and I am fine with that. My coach believed in me, supported me and knew this meet would be a little bit more of a reach for me this time around.
I had such an amazing experience with my team, coach and my boyfriend. They kept me calm and had fun with me. I can’t wait to see what is in store for me next but this is the best thing I could have done for myself and I think this is what kept me pushing through hard times these last couple months! I love you guys !
Love, Coach Beeks