Oh my freaking goodness. I've made national rep level.
What is the Event?
It is going to be held at the Richmond Olympic Oval, just outside of the main city of Vancouver. The event starts November 30th and ends December 6th, and includes Special Olympians events, benchpress only, equipped competitions and all the classic lifters, men's and women's, in all the different age and weight classes. My session is 12:30-4:30 local time on Wednesday the 2nd of December - incidentally the day of my 15th wedding anniversary!
What Does it Mean to Me?
Actually getting selected, when there are at least four other NZ women in my class who can lift more than me, was a stroke of luck. But the trip is self-funded and will involve being away from home for more than a week. It's a case of not only who has qualified but of who can get themselves over there. Some will be choosing to train with a focus on the Worlds in Texas next year, and a trip to Canada for the Commonwealths would be a distraction from that goal, both in training and with limited finances.
Even though chance has had a big part to play in my selection, I legitimately qualified and was selected to represent my country in my sport. I'm not going to rank highly at Commonwealths, and might very well get last in my class, but I honestly don't care. It's an incredible opportunity, and I am immensely privileged to be going.
The Training Plan
I can take weight on my ankle just fine, but not flex it so squatting will be out for a while. Walking around all crooked and awkward has been affecting my back, which is badly tight now. Can't wait to see my massage therapist in a few hours.
My CrossFit coach, Bruce Perry of Remarkables CrossFit, is putting together a training plan for me from now until the Champs. He's done me good already, learning how to be a powerlifting coach, and teaching this old dog to improve my shonky movement patterns.
Besides Bruce I have on my team an encouraging family, a chiropractor, physio, GP, massage therapist, friends who know high-performance sport and friends who know me. I am surrounded by positivite, goal-focussed people. That's an important part of the plan.
The Budget Plan
I'm pretty sure I'm going to be ok though, I had been squirrelling away $$ with the goal of competing internationally in mind, although after Nationals I invested a fair chunk of it back into my jewellery business. I have a part-time gardening job, and because I get paid for that in a reliable way, I'll be doing more gardening and less jewellery for now. I can make money with my jewellery, but it can't be relied on to sell and often the money comes months or years after making the stuff. I'll also be applying for grants that are available for me.
If you would like to give something to help some deserving powerlifters get to the Champs, here are the fundraising pages of some of the other Otago lifters: Emma Takapi, Jayden Wilcock, and Tom Hart.