Our first heat was drawing closer and I was getting more and more nervous! We watched some of our other teams compete and they did so well. Then it was time, time to get this thruster workout out of the way. Our heat was called up so we headed over to our lane. I was getting excited. We got set up. I was starting and then Mich was doing the second part. The clock was set on the 10 second countdown and then off we went. Those final beeps for the final three seconds are intense!
The workout had a time cap of 12 minutes. It was divided into two parts and you decided who does the first or second part. My part was 21 dumbbell thrusters at 15kg and 15 toes to bar for two rounds. Then Mich’s part was 21 dumbbell thruster with the same weight and 15 chest to bars for two rounds.
Funnily enough, I was more nervous about the dumbbell thrusters than the toes to bars. It was kind of a big deal even entering a competition with toes to bars in them because a few months ago I couldn’t even string them together. Yet, the thrusters for some reason psyched me out more.
It’s fascinating what a difference competition nerves and adrenaline does because the thrusters didn’t feel as bad as I remembered them. Then again, it’s very different doing them under pressure. My tactic was to break them up into 3 lots of 7s. It’s very easy for me to get carried away sometimes at the beginning of a workout and go too hard because the movement feels easy but this time I was sticking to my plan and forced myself to put the dumbbells down. Stubborn Maddie did come out but I convinced her now was not the time to push through and die at the end. Better to be consistent with little breaks.
The second round was where the thrusters got tough. It all happened very fast but I think I ended up putting down the dumbbells another time before I did my final three or four reps. The toes to bar were a struggle! Then someone from our Red Bluff squad shouted, do singles! So instead of being stubborn once again by trying to get several reps in one go I did singles. Thanks for the reminder whoever that was! When you’re stuck there in your struggle bubble it’s great to have someone watching you yell out with other solutions to the task at hand. I eventually finished my thrusters and then it was Mich’s turn.
I was lying on the floor for the first part of her thrusters but I did see her absolutely smash it. Her tactic on the chest to bars, because it is such a taxing movement was to do singles but she managed a couple of sets unbroken which was amazing to see. Towards her final round of chest to bars I could see she was struggling, the same way I had struggled with my toes to bar. All we wanted was to finish within the time cap. With about 40 seconds left on the clock Mich still had a couple of reps to go and she finished them with a few seconds to spare. What a lady! We were thrilled to have finished that workout. I was relieved and felt like we only had the good ones left. Well, we didn’t know what the final would be but then again, what we didn’t know we couldn’t really worry about. There was not much you could prepare for and we were all in the same boat.
Around this time our coach Pete showed up to support us. It was so great to have him there to discuss tactics and to have his support. He suggested we all found a café nearby to leave the competition and chill out for a bit. It gets very overwhelming competing and spectating all day, it takes it out of you. Our coach Ads something really interesting to us during his pep talk the day before and it was about the most exhausting roles you can have during a comp day:
1. Run the event
His advice was don’t take on more roles than you need to because they’re all exhausting. So don’t compete and spectate. I had never really thought of it that way before but I knew what he meant. I was dead watching Faye compete at Rainhill and I said to her it almost had felt as though I’d competed too haha.
Mim and Em were in a different and earlier heat from the rest of us and decided to stay at the gym whilst we all headed off to a café nearby. I felt really bad us all leaving them but we went anyway because we needed some space.
We got to the café and chilled for a bit. Some of us had coffees and some food. I was just sitting there and chilling. We were there for 20 minutes or so but then I really felt that I wanted to support Em and Mim. They’re some of our closest friends and I wanted to be there to cheer them on during their heat. So Mich’s boyfriend Kyle very kindly drove Mich, Perry and myself back so we could be there little cheer squad. We knew they had Pete there but it does make a difference having a little support crew when you’re out there on the floor.
Back at the competition PC had arrived, that was a pleasant surprise! Very sneaky of him considering he said he wasn’t going to come when I’d asked him the day before. We all sat down next to Mim’s and Em’s lane. The girls did so well! We were so proud of them.