I’ve been completely useless lately at doing anything other than training and organising for my sister’s hen do & wedding. I think the main factor in this has been fatigue. Anyway, that’s my excuse for not writing in a while.
It has been just about 4 months since my success out on the Gold Coast and to add to this I am now European and British champion! Someone pinch me!
Just 5 weeks after returning from Australia the Great Britain team headed out to France to compete at the European Open. This is essentially two competitions running along side one another, so European athletes were competing in both the European and the Open competition at the same time. Non European athletes were just competing in the Open competition. Having watched all my teammates absolutely smash it in the competition, each bringing home European & Open medals, I was the last GB athlete to compete and I’d by lying if I said I didn’t feel the pressure to bring home something shiny. Having done some homework, I knew I was capable of getting a medal but never in my wildest dreams did I imagine it would be gold! It certainly didn’t come easy and without the incredible tactics from my coaches on the day, I wouldn’t have a European title to my name. I finished 1st in the European competition and 3rd in the Open competition with a lift of 108kg (which I’d never had on the bar until my final lift of the Europeans).
At the beginning of July I was able to add the British title and British record to my CV, just over a year after taking up the sport! I got a cheeky 1kg PB (109kg) which I’m very pleased with because I’ve tweaked my technique a little but I am a bit miffed I didn’t go 110kg. The British championships was hosted at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry and it was great to see so many women taking part. It is combined with the British Weightlifting Championships and I really enjoyed watching a couple of the weightlifting categories as I’d got a bit of a taste for it watching my teammates out in Australia.
In July I also successfully planned a weekend away for my sister’s wedding. We had a very chilled out weekend on the Isle of Wight. If you’ve never been, you need to go! The island is just beautiful and there is so much to do & see. It’s now just under a month until the big day and I’m getting excited, it has come round so fast!
It has recently been announced that I’m going to Japan for the Asian-Oceania Open in September. My selection for this event is to strengthen my Tokyo qualification position and to do that I need to lift something over 110kg. Training is going well at the moment and I’m hoping I can continue to make gains over the next few weeks so I can confidently go nearer the 115kg mark at the competition. I still find it completely surreal that I’m now essentially a 110kg lifter and now I need to prove to the world that I mean business!
My biggest challenge over the coming weeks will be to enjoy and make the most of my sister’s wedding whilst maintaining my focus for Japan and getting the job done out there. It’s going to be tough but I’m looking forward to the challenge.
Hopefully it won’t be another 4 months before I get round to writing something else. I’ve got an idea what my next blog will be about so I just need to get cracking on it. Just in case I continue to be useless and you’d like to keep track of my progress, I’d suggest you check me out on Twitter & Instagram. I post pretty regularly on both and your support by following me would be very appreciated.