Friday, January 15, 2010

The Fat Dietitian Trains for an Event

"So, Sharon, how's the training for the power lifting event going?" I hate answering that question because I'm not sure how it's going. I hope to compete in the AZ Senior Olympics on February 27th in the power lifting event for women. I didn't start training in earnest soon enough although I'm always training. I have a ham string injury which keeps me from training the dead lift so I'm concentrating on bench press and squat. But if I only do two lifts, I cannot win a gold medal. I would just be doing it for myself. And that's okay. But winning would have been nice. Very nice. Really nice.
So, how am I doing? Well, I'm feeling great. Energized. Strong. Until the bar is on my shoulders. Then, not so strong. But I'm working on it. Concentrating. But most of all, I'm having a great time. Gosh, I love to feel strong and powerful. Even when my lift is not perfect, not exactly what the judges would judge as a fair lift, I love the feeling of strength. My favorite sensation is the blood rushing to the muscle a few seconds after the lift. This is not pain. This is exhiliration. It's my "high".
I'll keep plugging away, hoping that I will be strong enough in just a few short weeks. But at 65, those muscle fibers just don't respond the way they used to so who knows. Still, nice to have a goal.
And what about being fat. Well, that isn't hindering the training but it will stand in the way of winning. A formula of body weight and weight lifted is used to determine the winner. The more I weigh, the more I have to lift. So if I weighed less, I might have a better chance of winning! Weigh less. It might be easier to just get stronger.

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