Monday, February 17, 2014

Looking Back On The 2014 West Coast Classic

The West Coast Classic a week ago was a huge success. There were just over 100 competitors registered and checked in, ranging from juniors and rookies to Masters of Sport and an 11-time World Champion. I, personally, scored a small PR over the full 10 minutes, neither of which I really expected with my current state of training. Kudos to the Ice Chamber for putting on a great weekend.

I read a quote online recently (not properly attributed at the time to Walter Payton). "When you're good at something, you'll tell everyone. When you're great at something, they'll tell you." That distinction was on display all weekend. When Paul White appeared out of the mist to claim MS in biathlon and long cycle. When the ICKBG team won the jerk relay by nearly double the second-place score. I felt just a taste of it when 8 or 10 people I knew and a couple strangers complimented the quality of my lifting, after spending the Autumn injured. Ironically, it played out in a different way during the Sunday clinic, as I struggled to simply clean a pair of lightweight bells quietly and neatly. I'm grateful for that time, and I have much work to do, but that will be another discussion.

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