3…2…1…Lift! I picked up the kettlebell and went to work. I was staying relaxed, breathing consistently, and the weight was feeling good. At 48 reps I was feeling the fatigue and decided to do one more rep. As it turns out, that was a very poor decision. On the swing down from my 49th repetition I heard the bell SLAM down on the platform behind me. All I can remember thinking is “OH. MY. GOSH. What the HECK just happened!!!” and then smiling in disbelief.
I couldn’t believe my dream had been crushed. Putting the bell down or dropping it during your set means that you can’t pick it back up. I had dropped after my 49th rep before switching hands which meant that would be my total score for the event. Have you ever had a dream so intense that your whole life revolved around making it happen? Giving up time with friends, sleep, and pretty much breathing kettlebell sport had become the norm for me. Qualifying as a member of the USA National Kettlebell Sport Team has been a dream of mine ever since I started training kettlebell sport. This was my year, and I knew I was ready. I would finally be competing for a spot as an amateur woman in the 16kg snatch event.
Before this meet I had never dropped the kettlebell during training and I had certainly not
dropped it during a competition. I think I was shocked for a good two hours afterwards and it finally set in later that night. I was pretty bummed out the next few days because I knew I could have done much better and that I had really let myself down. My coach Jessica Pumpa always says “you never know what will happen on comp day” and after dropping the bell I now understood what she had meant. I had not planned on dropping the kettlebell in fact I had not even realized it was happening during the swing down from my 49th repetition.
What I can say is that I learned a lot from USA Kettlebell Sport Nationals and that I am thankful for the experience. I wish it had been at a different less important competition but that’s what keeps life interesting. You just never know what is going to happen. I’m excited to get back to training and to continue to fix my weaknesses. That’s one of the things I love most about this sport, no matter how good you think you are there is still room to learn.