My set from the 2015 IUKL World Championship did not go as planned. Initially, I felt a little embarrassed to share this video. This is my worst competition set I have ever done. After winning nationals with 206 reps I had hoped to come through for my team. On competition day, I ended my set with 178 snatches – one less rep than my very first competition and 33 reps below my best.
What happened? I don’t really know. After watching the video I realize I was way more tense out of the gate than normal. I switched hands early, my grip gave out fast and the end got ugly. The last three reps were no counts, the judges signaled for me to stop. Looking back, my first mistake was not dialing into the judges. During my sets, I tend to let my eyes glaze over and all I can see is the timer. Lesson learned – check in with your judges and make sure you’re on track. I had to put the bell down early – and not in a cool, “watch out, here it comes” sort of way.
Here’s how it went down: