Preparing for the European Powerlifting Championship – Hoping for “Good Lift and 3 white lights”
A big thank you to all wishing me well for the European Single Lifts powerlifting competition in Dublin next week. I hope I won’t disappoint you.
Over the last three months, I’ve been training hard, and now I’m in maintenance mode. My nutrition is “angelic” the last time I had an alcoholic drink was at a wedding in August, a glass of prosecco. There I also had the last time sugary food – a beautiful dessert selection. From then on I ate lots of protein from different dairy, plant and animal sources, good fats, lots of vegetables, nuts, fruit, some good carbs, but no sugary food and no alcohol.
Ethically I would prefer to be completely vegetarian but once a week I have fish and a steak, to get the full spectrum of proteins from natural sources. I am lucky that I like cottage cheese, yogurt, kefir and buttermilk, all good natural sources of protein.
I have to stay at around 67 kg to compete in my usual under 70 kg category. The competition takes place over 3 days, Friday squat, Saturday bench and Sunday deadlift. I have to allow for putting on about 1 kilogram each day, as I will eat a lot to keep my energy up and stress levels down.
The biggest challenge is to sleep well coming up to the competition, and that is harder for me than sticking to good food. However, I’m working on it, with some relaxation exercises, stretching and no scary movies before going to bed!
Powerlifting competitions are as unpredictably as any other sports competition. Anything can happen! All the training and preparation has to come together and then each lift is over in less than 10 seconds. Failure is public, but so is success!
The best image for a powerlifter is seeing the three white lights on the screen, showing that all 3 judges see your lift as successful.
The best sound for a powerlifter is the sound of the head judge announcing “Good lift!”
I’m looking forward to compete with the best powerlifters in Europe, I know what they all have gone through to be where they are now.
So, this is it – I can do no more – you hear from me again after the competition – hopefully in a good mood!