Originally Posted by Coldsnap
I miss that about olympic lifting a lot. There was a HUGE psychological part of it when I did it, that I just havn't found in powerlifting yet. When you got near your max that whole environment in the gym changes. Everything from the people in the gym sitting down or standing still during your attempt, to your coach supporting you, and the 20 seconds or so I'd take to clear my mind before I approached the bar. Now with powerlifting I'm stuck at the bottom of a squat while some dude is HURR HURR HURRRRRRing next to me with barbell curls.
You'll get there soon with powerlifting too.
Before my near max attempts for squats, I've already lifted the weight 20 times in my head.
While I'm wrapping my knees, wrists, and putting my belt on, I start getting zoned in. There's a huge fire burning and building inside me, but I dare not let any of it out just yet.
I walk up to the bar, bring an ammonia capsule to my nose and once it hits me, that fire just starts to blaze out of control.. all I can see is the bar. I honestly, don't hear anything around me, not the yelling, not the music.. nothing.
Once I grab the bar and pull myself underneath, I can feel a bit of that fire escaping while it pounds against my chest.. then I stand up, breathe in, hold, hold, hold.... then I squat and just zone the fuck out, I get into the hole and I swear I hear a ringing in my ears.. it's the only thing I can hear. I stand up with it and it's pure euphoria.