Today I will be flying solo to join the rest of the Canadian national wrestling team at the senior world championships in Budapest, Hungary.
My day is not typical of any high performance athlete or university student... But for the many student-athletes out there... They know the careful planning that goes into balancing out my life as a student-athlete with the eye on the prize.
Today was a busy day like usual:
6:45am wake up
8am Technique session on the mats at UofC
9am Grab a coffee, take back textbooks, buy new textbooks, print off and assignment
9:30 drive to Winsport facility for a lift
10am 4x2 snatch, 4x1 power cleans
10:45 cold tub
Noon shower, eat, head to school
1:30 coffee with my best friend and teammate
3:30 get picked up by bf and head to the airport
NOW: board flight to WORLDS!!
Today was a little crazy but also pretty standard for me. I am driven to always seek the next adventure and excel in the next challenge.
For the next 4 days my mind will switch completely to prepare for domination on the world stage. I'm excited and nervous. It's a beautiful feeling indeed.
The time is quickly approaching to board a plane and fly to my first ever Senior World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
On Monday September 16th I will depart for this epic event and I cannot believe how fast this summer has blown by!
As I am alluding to in the title of this blog, I feel very much in the calm before the storm, simply waiting for the clock to countdown. My effort over, truthfully the last 7 years since living in Calgary has been building towards this day. I have always taken a go hard everyday kind of attitude and all those long, hard hours on the mats and in the gym will culminate in this one day competition.
I feel "calm" because I know I have worked hard building into this event and that the hard work will carry me through. From this point forward, it's about keeping myself sane and positive. I am lucky to have a network of support to rely on and keep me thinking positively as I approach this competition.
Things have been great going forward. I have been reflecting on the international summer season and the craziness it was for me... this included missing flights, losing luggage, and sleeping in for matches. And I've come to realize that these things do sometimes happen and even though I have definitely shed some tears of frustration; it all works out in the end the way He intended!
In the days leading up to the flight, I will be keeping my schedule pretty much the same and focusing all my energy keeping healthy and happy.
I plan on writing another blog in the days leading up to the world championships. I weigh in on the 19th and compete on the 20th and I am so excited to go out and wrestle!
Erica Wiebe is a Canadian freestyle wrestler and Bachelor of Arts student at the University of Calgary. Her passion for wrestling and writing combine in the words of this blog, sprinkled with a strong opinion on certain matters and a hint of feminist thrown in for good measure.