European Powerlifting Championship – Me against myself!

The European Powerlifting Championship took place in Dublin, from 21 to 23 September. It was a fantastic event, with over one hundred athletes from all over Europe competing in squat, bench press and deadlift. The age categories ranged from 14 to 74 years of age.

I competed in four categories, squat and deadlift both raw and equipped and I came first in all in my categories. I achieved two new world records in the equipped categories of squat (100kg) and deadlift (125 kg). It wasn’t easy to compete in four categories, two each day, as I had to conserve energy over a long day, and do my maximum best twice a day for the same lift. I had to stay calm but focused, relaxed, but watch what’s going on around me, be mindful of my fluid and nutrition intake. I did not beat my personal best and was a tiny bit disappointed. No matter what I achieve, the real competition goes on in my own head – it’s me against myself, hoping to do better every time I go out on that platform. The present me trying to do better than the past me.
Needless to say that I enjoyed breaking records. But as at every competition the highlight was meeting my fellow powerlifters, sharing stories of struggles and successes, what it took to get here and compete on European level. It was a great weekend overall.At the competition, I learned what I could do to get stronger. But for now I’m looking forward to a week of rest, indulging and eating all the chocolate I want 🙂

The greatest achievement – choosing training over couch and TV! *** Der größte Erfolg, die Entscheidung für Training, gegen Couch und Fernsehen!

 

Yesterday I was asked if I am still doing the bodybuilding. I quickly corrected the person that I am not doing bodybuilding, but powerlifting. I am training for strength, not physique, even though there are similarities in the training  method. And yes, I am still powerlifting, even though I have already won many trophies and medals, broke many records.

So, what keeps me motivated? Why am I not resting on my laurels and enjoy looking back on my achievements?

After a week’s rest while on holidays I found it hard to get back to the gym. But I went and  was immediately rewarded by the great atmosphere,  support from the other powerlifters, and most of all, the feeling of having achieved something:

Choosing training over sitting on the couch and watching TV!

Every time I choose something that helps me to be successful in powerlifting – be it going training or making healthy food choices – is an achievement and  these (daily) achievements keep me motivated, not past successes.

Gestern wurde ich gefragt ob ich noch Bodybuilding mache. Ich korrigierte schnell die Person, daß ich nicht Bodybuilding, aber Powerlifting mache. Ich trainiere für Kraft, nicht für Körperbau, auch wenn es bei der Trainingsmethode Ähnlichkeiten gibt. Und ja, ich bin immer noch im Powerlifting, obwohl ich schon viele Pokale und Medaillen gewonnen, viele Rekorde gebrochen habe.

Also, was hält mich motiviert? Warum ruhe ich mich nicht auf meinen Lorbeeren aus und genieße es, auf meine Leistungen zurückzublicken?

Nach einer Woche Ferien fiel es mir schwer ins Fitnessstudio zurückzugehen. Aber ich ging und wurde sofort belohnt von der großartigen Atmosphäre, der Unterstützung durch die anderen Powerlifter und vor allem dem Gefühl, etwas erreicht zu haben:

Die Entscheidung für Training über das Sitzen auf der Couch und Fernsehen!

Also, jedes Mal, wenn ich eine Entscheidung treffe, die mir hilft, im Powerlifting erfolgreich zu sein – sei es für Training oder eine gesunde Ernährung, ist ein Erfolg und dieser (tägliche) Erfolg hält mich motiviert, nicht in was ich in der Vergangenheit erreicht habe.