2015 Ice Queen Strongwoman Competition

This competition was AMAZING. 60 women came out to compete and it was one of the largest Strongwomen competitions, ever. Ladies Lift Here, The Edge 2.0,  and all of the volunteers deserve a huge amount of praise and thanks for putting on such an awesome show. I'll let you read more about the fantastic sponsors, coordinators, and others here.

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[photo by Stephanie Lau]

Our gym brought 7 athletes in 5 divisions - that's a pretty serious all female Strongman team. I'm so unbelievably proud of our entire team. Our novice girls all medaled (YES!) and our open girls had a hell of a first contest of the season. I seriously have so many feels about how awesome our team did that it makes me teary eyed. They're the best.

I spent the week before the competition water loading and cutting to make weight. I'll write more about this process later but suffice it to say, it is not very fun. I ate my last real meal and had my last bit of water on Thursday night around 6pm, took a hot Epsom salt bath, and went to sleep. Friday morning I had a double shot of espresso, a small sip of water, and a few spoonfuls of coconut butter then packed up all of my gear. I met my team at our gym and we caravaned up to our hotel. Three of us were cutting weight so we were quite cranky, tired, thirsty, and hungry. My husband deserves his own medal for putting with me during that entire process.  We spent the time before weigh ins laying around the hotel room trying to distract ourselves. We packed up all of our goodies and set off to weigh in right at 5pm and all of us made weight. I came in around 138.5-139. Woohoo! We proceeded to eat our faces off until it was time to go to bed.

 

Saturday morning I got ready, went to breakfast with my team, and then we headed over to the venue to start getting warmed up. We registered, picked up our swag (Thank you again to all of the awesome sponsors), and started getting ready. We had to wear the contest t-shirts so, of course, I cut mine up after the first event. #teamcutoffforlyfe

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[photo by Stephanie Lau]

Circus Dumbbell: Clean and press every rep, 60 seconds, 65#: I was not excited about this event because pressing a big dumbbell is not my thing. I ended up zero'ing this event but got painful close to getting a rep a few times. I wasn't really prepared to go on and had to rush getting my gear on so I was a bit flustered. I also just need to be brave when it comes to this implement. I WAS SO CLOSE so many times but didn't get under it. When I finished, I just got ready for the next event and kept my cool.

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[photo by Stephanie Lau]

Farmers walk: 60 feet, 60 seconds, 130# per hand: I did well on this event with a time of 9.13 seconds. I feel like I could have gone faster but we were competing on astro turf which was a pretty major tripping hazard.

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[photo by Stephanie Lau]

Yoke walk: 60 feet, 60 seconds, 375#: Moving events are my thing so I did well on this as well. I think I did this in 13 seconds? Again, the astro turf made this interesting - my feet were sinking into the ground pretty badly so I had to change the way I usually run. I was pretty proud of this time and I'm sure it's a big PR.

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[photo by Stephanie Lau]

Shedlift, 60 seconds: This was brutal - it was outside in the freezing run and heavy as all getg out. I ended up taking a zero for this event as well. I actually pulled it once but didnt' wait for the down command because I injured myself (I ended up straining a few muscles in my abdomen pretty decently). I was hurting pretty badly after this. Luckily, my chiropractor is also a friend who came to spectate so she adjusted me and I had a PT on site tape me up.

 

I won't lie - I HURT. I was pissed and the pain was pretty bad. I assessed my movement abilities and the injury and had an idea of what it was and decided to keep going. I let the event go, got changed, and got ready for stones.

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[photo by Stephanie Lau]

Stone flight, 5 stones, 75 seconds, 75#-180#, 58inches to 48inches (I think?): I was hurting pretty badly at this point. I had my coach belt me up (I never use a belt with stones) just to help get some margin of pain relief and got ready. We were all concerned about the tall platform - the first stone was very light but being only 5'5, a tall platform is ROUGH. I ended up absolutely flying through the first 4 stones and got stuck on the 180#. At that point, my side really started to hurt and I just couldn't deadlift it off of the ground. 180# is something I can do in training on almost any given day but at that point, I was just too hurt to do it. I was pretty annoyed by it but let it go and got changed again.

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[photo by Stephanie Lau]

 

I ended up taking 8th out of 10 in an absolutely stacked Lightweight Open class. Seriously, I have never seen such an impressive field of competitors - these ladies were national caliber and world class, literally. Could I have done better? Probably. I made a few errors that I won't make again and overall, I need to bring up my pressing and my deadlift (story of my life). But this is my first time competing in the open - which is really a whole different caliber of competition. It's tough - tenths of a second separate people and it really pushes you to see what you're capable of. I think my biggest takeaway of the entire day was that I made a lot of stride in my approach to competition and my game day mindset. I was calm, cool, and collected the majority of the time. I wasn't really nervous, I didn't get in my head, and I didn't get crazy. I focused on the task at hand, knew what I needed to do, and did my best.

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I really cannot stress how PROUD I am of my entire team. We had several girls competing for the first time who were understandably nervous - they trained HARD over the past few months and it showed. The rest of us who have competed before were also nervous due to the amazing women we were competing against. Everyone did such a great job on Saturday and the support was unbelievable. I don't think I've ever given so many hugs, yelled so loudly (I nearly lost my voice), or celebrated so much during a competition. I have a great barometer for where I am, what I need to work on, and where I can go from here.

Time to work.