Another highlight was an Australian coach telling me that my article on UCL rehab helped save his lifter's bid at the Australian Junior World Team; it's pretty cool to do a good deed just through writing.
Breaking the World Record and becoming the undisputed best snatcher in the world is a pretty awesome feeling. There are many champions and fewer World Record holders. So, I feel I accomplished my top goal for the championships.
It was a hell of a journey getting here...I had many trials and pulled it all together at the last minute.
My journey started back in September. I had just done 80/100 at the Olympia Cup in Vegas, narrowly missing 83/104 weighing around 66-67kg. 2 weeks later, I attended the 2016 World Masters Championships as coach. The top 63kg did 168kg; the top 69kg did around 174kg. Then, I hear the World Masters Games are in New Zealand and the World Records are weights I've lifted more than in the past. So, why not throw down and try out this whole master thing?
***Know what you are*****
Aside from skiing, there were some other interesting trials and things going on in my life, that, now, lead me to the Florida Space Coast where I will be nowhere near a ski hill!
I don’t know. There are fewer world record holders than world champions. I felt it was only worth competing for a World Record. If you have a World record, you can undisputedly say you are the best at something in the world. If you are a world champion, you may have just been the best that day. It’s the same at any level in the sport- youth-senior-junior-master. Maybe I’m impatient and didn't want to wait to start breaking records.
Call me unrealistic-- because I don't know what the words "realistic" and "impossible" mean.
It also seemed that my story was compelling enough for me to be interviewed on World Masters Games TV. I really feel that I captured the hearts of the audience. I described how I broke the world record after a near career ending injury. Let me tell you though, if I knew what my competitors were going to say, I TOTALLY would have been like "I've only been competing for 2 weeks as a Master, and this is my first major event EVER as a Master"- that would have been funny as hell. #satire #icanthelpmyself
The interviewer also asked me about competition training and "rituals" , so I explained how Risto Sports factors into all of that. They cut out my blurb on Risto Sports (it was germain to his question, and just 5 seconds!! I swear lol) so hear it is: I wore 2 different pairs of Risto shoes, a Risto singlet, Risto warm-up suit, my new book on the Soviet system has key strategies for training for competition, and I wore Risto wrist wraps in the process of securing the World record, a medal ,and breaking 4 Games records. Side note, there were a ton of Australian and New Zealand lifters competing in Risto Singlets or Shoes.