In National level competition (so it's officially official), my snatch max is 151.8 & my clean and jerk is 198#. I cleaned 200 but chickened out on the jerk ... in competition. 🤷♀️🤦♀️ I once deadlifted 305. But that was a long time ago with a different body... I realized I could butterfly pullup mid competition. So I guess the moral of this story is go compete at something, you never know what might happen!
CrossFit Level 2
I have always been an athletic person – swim team, sailing, windsurfing (back in the days when it was cool), 5k’s, half marathons, and marathons (although I hate running. But I love my sister and it was a phase she went through, so…) and in the last decade… lots of Crossfit. When I turned 45 I wanted to prove to myself that I can still learn new tricks and achieve new goals. Pursued weightlifting for three years and lo and behold, was National Champion for age and weight class for two years running (2020 and 2021), came in 1st 2nd, and 3rd in International competitions (Worlds and Pan Ams - separate events). I learned new skills, got kind of good at them... and then realized I couldn't run around the block without passing out. So… I am diving back into Crossfit (need to make sure I can go another 40+ years).
I am creeping up on 50. I feel like I should be able to vocalize super deep thoughts... I guess my deepest thought is to make sure you are doing things that fill you up. Don't get stuck in the ruts on the road on your journey through life. Find new ways to play (kayaking anyone?), new friends (but obviously treasure the old, especially if they cheer you on through your continuing growth), new challenges, or maybe rediscover things you enjoyed when you were younger but then life got serious and you had to adult. Don't get bored with the gift of life that you are given.
It's a good day when I know I changed the trajectory of someone's day. People will shuffle in quiet and distracted by life, I aim to make sure they have fun, challenge themselves and walk out happier and with a little swagger - knowing they can kick butt.