Those of you that have been following my journey for the past three years know how BADLY I’ve wanted to last the 10 minutes of a 16kg snatch set. At times, it’s felt like an elusive goal. Time and time again, I would hit the eight to nine minutes pretty consistently, but DANG that last minute was another story. I just couldn’t make it happen no matter what I did or how badly I wanted it.
It was hard not to get down on myself. I would look around and see other women in the sport hitting 10 minutes with ease and with even heavier weights. I was always comparing myself, refusing to see how far I’ve actually come.
Then something clicked: I realized that it didn’t matter what everyone else was doing. All I really needed to worry about was myself and how this journey was mine — a personal battle —and unlike anyone else’s. I really believe focusing on myself and having quality training every single time I picked up the bell helped me to reach my goal.
I am not the same shy unconfident girl that stepped up on that platform three years ago. I am a passionate young woman who knows exactly what she wants and what it means to put in the work to get there. The AKA-IKSFA Holiday Kettlebell Sport Championship is a very special meet for me. It was the first meet I ever competed in back in 2013. It marks the beginning of my kettlebell sport journey and the beginning of what has become a huge part of my life. This year’s meet marked three years of competitively training and performing in kettlebell sport meets.
It is only fitting that I complete my first 10 minute 16kg snatch set at such a special meet. In a lot of ways, this year’s competition marks another beginning — one of a personal journey that has really only just begun.
I could take all the credit and say that I’ve worked for this, sweated for this and even cried for this but it’s all due to some very special people in my life. Without the support of my mother Elizabeth Brown and the guidance and patience of my coach Sergey Rudnev, I know I wouldn’t be where I am today. I can’t thank them for their constant support and for believing that I can do anything and crush any goal.
And, of course, I have to thank you — the readers, the friends, the fellow competitors who give me drive and motivation to keep going. 2017 is going to be a good year for us.