Now I mean that in the most positive of ways. Putting 500 pounds PLUS on your back and telling yourself you are going to rep it out is not the easiest thing in the world. It takes a lot of concentration and will power not to give into weak thoughts. Your body goes straight into fight or flight mode but that's where the positive comes and that's what forces you to be a successful competitor. Either your ready to fight or you are ready to fail.
While I was setting up under the bar I remembered this fight or flight response and it made me realize that's why I love this sport so much. The thrill of conquering something that can completely crush me is exhilarating. That high you get after everything is over and you know you didn't give into weak thoughts makes you feel that much more stronger. It's honestly one of the best feelings in the world!
Now that I'm getting ready for this meet prep I also realize that it's time to wake the fuck up. The weights are only going to get heavier and if you're truly trying to push your limits there's no room for cruising. Either you're ready for what's coming and get that adrenaline rush from the challenge of being crushed OR you give into excuses and settle for being "okay". I know which one I'm choosing and I'm ready to push my limits.