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My Biggest Competitor is a Younger Woman

Author: by Kathi Sottosanti | Created: Thu Jun 22 02:47:28 UTC 2017 | Last Updated: Thu Jun 22 02:47:28 UTC 2017

I compete in the sport of powerlifting and my biggest competitor is a younger woman!  She is 5 months younger than me.  She has darker hair, weighs two pounds more and is my height.  Ironically, she too, has 5 kids!

My Biggest Competitor is a Younger Woman!

I compete in the sport of powerlifting and my biggest competitor is a younger woman!  She is 5 months younger than me.  She has darker hair, weighs two pounds more and is my height.  Ironically, she too, has 5 kids!  We both work very hard in training, follow our coach’s plan and give it our best.  She attended the Nationals in June in 2016, qualified for World’s and set new records in November!  This weekend I competed against her! My goal was to beat her World Records.  I did.  Sorry girl!    

My biggest competitor, is none other than myself, when I competed 5 months ago!  The day of a competition you are focused only on that day.  If you pick your numbers right they will often be the heaviest weight you have lifted in a while.  You plan months in advance to hit those numbers.  My coach has me working up by percent as we get closer to the meet, peaking a couple of weeks before.  During the competition, the focus is to hit those numbers!  Sometimes you do and sometimes you don’t, and you leave it on the platform.  All the more reason to come back! 


That day you’re not thinking about the future.  You train, eat right, train again and with hard work, grow more in strength.  The months pass and it’s time to do it again.  For me, it’s a chance to be myself again, therefore making me my biggest competitor.  I am training with certain goals in mind so if another woman competes against me, and her numbers are better than mine, good for her!  I am training for 320.  If someone else puts 350 on the board, it is not likely that I will suddenly pull off 355, if I trained for 3 months with different sets, reps and percents to get me to a new PR of 320 to 330.  You see my point, I train for my success for that day, not someone else’s. 

 

This past weekend I competed in the WNPF State Championship in New Jersey. My third meet in the WNPF.   Next up, training for June and the possibility of gaining more strength in the next 6 weeks.  Not a lot of time, but I’m still going to try and once again, become my biggest competitor.  Although for today, I am the younger woman.  I’ll see me in June!  Good luck to my future self!

And I’ll see you all at the bar! 

Until then, Easy Weight,

Coach Kathi 

 

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