Blog by: Ricky Bakker
A build-up of 8 weeks, a contest preparation of 6 weeks. All carefully planned and adjusted. I think it’s all work towards 1 point. The match that is coming. But actually that is not the case at all. It is to prepare yourself for the fight during the match. Which is actually a party, in the words of the coach. Looking further, then making 1 race and progression in all areas of life. This sounds very intense, but I also use the lessons I learn in daily life. Example, planning your training to become stronger in a structured way also applies to planning your career. Or to be a better partner. Let Wim always be sharp, honest but also annoying. Exactly what I need, says Wim then :lol:.
This process to the Nationals 2018 was a fairly stable one. In this I made good steps. In terms of kilos, in terms of mindset. Very important and fine. But in this respect we have worked towards a nice NK. Mentally I always lose it from myself.
This game is also standing in the way of the mental. It was a rollercoaster of emotions. Good steps have been taken which have mainly seen my consciousness change in the past period. This has also been reflected during this competition. I do not press two lifts at benchpress. A rejected first deadlift. But still a PR on my second turn.
Now is time to start building! Refining goals and go for it!
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They say time flies when you are having fun. Well I found out time also flies when you decide to do make choices for yourself that differ from everything you have known untill then.
These past 8 weeks I put myself through the wringer. And even tho it is nothing new , I had a few very important things that helped keep me #insane and #inthegame.
FUN. It is really easy to loose the fun of things when you attach competetive GOALS to certain things. So for me having fun , even tho I feel like I can not see another barbell is key. Training at coach his house was mostly fun this cycle….. for him that was… 👺
VALIDATION. Some will agree and other will say I am crazy but I believe validation is a big player when it comes to being competetive in anything in life and achieving results of and kind. That being said, I also believe one should only look for validation within their own mirror. You validate you… AND when you do that loads of things will fall in place.
TECHNIQUE. A things that takes practice,still ,patience and drive. I am not a perfect lifter and to be honest I do not know anyone who is. But I have learned that besides being strong , TECHNIQUE can make or break you. Time spend in the gym dedicated to bettering flaws kept #myheadinthegame and have me hungry for more… because we are never done.
Well this is all folks. Nationals is around
the corner and a new week emerges soon. Lets get to it !