I’m on my way back to sunny California somewhere 30,000 feet above New Mexico and instead of reading, listening to music or sleeping I decided to write about this year’s National Weightlifting Championships.
This was my first Nationals and my second national-level meet (the first being the 2012 American Open). For any country, the biggest national Olympic weightlifting meet is obviously their National Championships. It’s the meet everyone trains for all year. It’s the meet everyone talks about. It’s a pretty big deal. There were eight of us from Catalyst Athletics that proudly accepted the invitation to compete against the best in the country.
There was a lot of hype.
I looked past the fact that the meet was in West Chester, Ohio. I didn’t care I just wanted to lift. Then we pulled up to the venue and…wow. No, not the GOOD wow like, “WOW, I can’t believe it’s not butter!” but more like, “wow, THIS is where they decided to host the National Championships?” Skatetown USA. Yes, it was a roller-skating rink. They even did a 10-minute couple’s skate in between the Snatch and the Clean and Jerk. Not really, but you get the point.
With the venue aside, we had a strong team this year. It never matters what building you’re lifting in, just what energy you bring to it. All you really need is a flat surface, a barbell and a team encouraging you along the way. And our team brought a lot of energy like we always do.
Congratulations to our women’s team: Alyssa, Chyna, Jess, Little Jess, Tamara, and Jolie, who left with bronze team medal. You can check out the final results of the meet here.
So after a recovery week, it’s back to the grind for the 2013 American Open in Dallas, Texas, December 6th-8th. Now that Glee is over on the airplane I can put my headphones back in and watch something that doesn’t make me want to puke (sorry all of you Glee lovers out there but it’s not really my cup of tea).
You can also check out some photos of all of the Catalyst lifters who competed here (thanks to Tom Davies).