I thought to use a different title vs hello everyone, here is another blog post condensing everything that has happened over the past half year 🙂 This time, only 5 months have passed since the last one in March 2016.
Though the Asian Weightlifting competition did not work out and therefore no Olympic representation, this year in Rio there are some nice stories and diversity. In some cases, I think, too much emphasis on what a woman is wearing or how she is described, versus her athletic feats and accomplishments, unfortunately. Some examples Ibtihaj Muhammad, and the Egyptian volleyball team.
I am sorry and sad to say that it is confirmed that no team of Pakistani women will be registered for the 2016 Asian Weightlifting Championships. Thanks to everyone for the support. I have refunded everyone’s donations. I hope to be able to help in some other capacity with the general issues of women’s empowerment and sports that we still struggle with. There has been improvement, but there is still a long road for more progress and support is always needed, not just monetary. If you are interested in helping out in the future, please let me know, send me your email address, and I can add you to an email list to keep you updated (in addition to the usual social media posts on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram and I am also on LinkedIn).
Below is an archive of the fundraiser page I had at LaunchGood.com. I also edited a cool and emotional trailer video for it which you will also see below. The page was active February 2016.
Here is the teaser trailer for The Pakistan Four – Documentary. I am one of the 4 ladies in it. It will premiere at the New York University (NYU) Film Festival, February 8-9, 2014 in New York City, NY, USA. If you are in NYC or can make it, please attend. Seating is limited, so please contact the Facebook page if you are interested in attending. Thanks for your support! More information is on the Facebook and Twitter (@thepakistanfour) page.
If you are interested in a showing of the documentary in your city in the USA, preferably before the end of February 2014, please contact me. Also showing the documentary in any part of the world (not only in Pakistan), is possible. Shehzad Hameed Ahmad, the filmmaker, is willing to travel anywhere with short notice. He just needs to be hosted – plane ticket and a place to stay. He does not have a goal of making a profit off the documentary, so the documentary can be viewed for free, but if there needs to be a ticket charge to help collect funds for hosting the documentary, that is OK. It took a lot of blood, sweat & tears on everyone’s part, especially the filmmaker Shehzad. Hopefully the film can be shown in other cities, bringing an audience together to view, foster discussion and ultimately create positive change and dispel stereotypes.
2014 & going forward
Since my last competition September 21, 2013, I have not competed but have been re-focusing my training. One major portion is working on fixing technique issues, doing volume to help make the improved technique more consistent (requiring less thinking on my part), the movement more fluent, and timing improved. Shelly Truesdell has been coaching me in person since August 2013, and in this short amount of time, I feel I have made a lot of progress. Travis Cooper continues to write my workouts, especially on the days I train alone without Shelly, and based on how my training is going and evolving, part of it based on the years we did work together in person. How you train is something that I believe should be individualized for each person and having a good coach is valuable.
Weightlifting is a challenging sport, there are ups and downs, and there is the emotional and mental aspect that also needs to be fought. I have been working on this, and I am getting better at dealing with it. I am focusing on being positive, but realistic and eliminating negative thoughts. I also have been continuing spending most of my time in research work, learning and applying the learning for my job search. When you have other life responsibilities, they need to be taken into consideration in regards to your recovery, rest and how you perform and train. As things progress, I might post some training videos again, and eventually one of a future competition!
НА ПОМОСТ В ЗАКРЫТОМ КОСТЮМЕ – article
Thanks a lot to Davit Sargsyan for this article about me that he wrote in Russian about my story. It is over at ShopOlympic in Russia – managed by WL competitor Armen Ghazaryan.
It has been a while since I competed, and I bombed out at the last two, so this past competition at Emory was more for me to get my confidence back, and help me mentally and emotionally. Shelly Truesdell has been coaching me for a few weeks (she’s been a big help, it makes a difference to have coaching and moral support in person), whenever we both can, and continuing training programming template by Travis Cooper.
We decided on taking conservative attempts, especially for the 1st attempts. This was the first time I had some family and friends (outside of weightlifting) spectating. As usual, there was some drama, such as, an unexpected road block on Emory campus, due to a race. I was going in circles finding the right parking lot near the athletic center where the competition was held. I ended up parking at the visitors parking lot that was the farthest away. A kind stranger also parked in the lot, helped us out by personally driving us to the entrance to the athletic center. With his help, I was able to make it just in time to register and compete. I actually walked very swiftly, but the inner adrenaline helped, in spite of my shaky hands, and I was able to hit 5/6 lifts.
Here is the video compilation of my lifts (embedded Youtube link)
This menu section contains posts on donation options/information and sponsorship I have received for past competitions. There are other ways to help, such as moral support, encouraging other women to be athletic and compete, travel discount tips, airline/hotel points, website/facebook/youtube technical work help, speaking engagements where I can receive an honorarium, and many more. I am still a one woman show 🙂
I am not competing as actively as I was the late half of 2011 and 2012, but if possible, I would like to compete this year, 2013, whether it is at a local competition, a USA national competition (masters and/or senior level), or representing Pakistan at an International weightlifting competition. Behind the scenes – training in the gym, and recovery takes up energy and time, as well as a financial investment. I love to weightlift, so I still continue to do so. If I can compete and help continue spreading awareness, encouraging other women, promoting interfaith, I would like to do so. But at the same time, I need to also take care of my own responsibilities outside of weightlifting. This limits what I can do, but I will do my best. If you can help in anyway, please contact me. Thanks to all who have and continue to support me.
These links are over one year old now, they are the articles that came out when my story first went public June 2011. The posts in this category are archives and links to news coverage that occurred then and until now.
I have changed my training this year, going down to 4 days a week maximum for training. For Ramadan, I might do 3, or see how I feel and what my schedule allows. I will go with lighter reps unless I feel OK going for heavier rep attempts. I will start working out before iftar (fast break/ sunset), but I will be able to break fast/Maghrib then finish the rest of my work out.
As I am working towards finding a full time job (see more on my research projects here) and need to focus on other aspects of my life, I am not spending as much time and resources on weightlifting during 2011 and 2012. I still like to train, and I will compete when and where I can.
Here is a video I put together. I continue using video to help my training, so I have a compilation of clips from June till now. My training has changed a little bit. Travis Cooper, over with Team Muscle Driver USA in South Carolina, is writing my training programming and I am still working out at Coffee’s Gym and getting feedback there too.
His first match is Friday 9:30am, then another match at 2pm if he wins the first match (inshALLAH!). Semi-finals will be Saturday, and finals Sunday. Weather forecast for this weekend is high chance of rain, weekend schedule is subject to change. Please check this website for tournament schedule and results. Go to “Draws” and then “Men’s Wheelchair A Singles”, which is the division Atif is in. There will also be a doubles one he plays in when they post the draw.
In a guest article, Fatima Fakier reports on the cultural and religious influences at play in this often divisive issue and examines the consequences of increased segregation.
The human body was designed for physical activity. Our bodies are perfectly engineered to fulfil our basic needs and to achieve what we set out to do.
Regular exercise stimulates a multitude of networks within our bodies, which benefits all our inner processes from immune-system function to emotional balance. Aside from weight loss, beating depression and combating PMS, women who exercise regularly or play sports tend to have a better body image regardless of their actual shape or size.
Muslim women face many barriers to sports and exercise, such as hijab bans, large-scale poverty and religious intolerance. But one of the biggest barriers originates from within their own communities.
I have not competed for about 1 year, since Korea April 2012, where I represented Pakistan in the Asian Weightlifting Championships. I also learned about today’s competition only a few days ago, so my training cycle was not programmed for this. I also decided not to compete as a 53kg. I decided to move up from a 48kg to 53kg the end of last summer 2012. My current weight is 54kg, and only having a few days to reduce my salt intake (basically dealing with my water retention issues), start better water drinking habits, deal with weight of my training clothes and the weigh in, I decided to not deal with any of it and just go suck it up and compete as a 58kg!
It has been a while in my training since I started hitting 45kg+ in the Snatch again. It has been a slow road to get my confidence back, while increasing the volume & weight of my training. I wanted to make higher weights for the Clean and Jerk as well, but God willing at the next competition.
My result: Snatch 42kg (successful – did not get this one on video), 45kg (missed), 45kg (missed) Clean and Jerk: 53kg (Successful), 56kg (press out on the jerk), 56kg (successful) Total Score: 98kg (216 lb)
Another local meet is being held at the end of April 2013 in the same city 1 hour driving distance from my house, so I hope to try again there.
Inaugural Pakistan Women’s National Weightlifting Championships March 23, 2013
In very exciting news, the Pakistan Weightlifting Federation held their first Women’s weightlifting Championships in Lahore, Pakistan! Mubarak (Congratulations) to all of the ladies who competed! I wish I could have been there in person. You might recognize the person on the wall behind the platform 😉 I couldn’t believe it when I saw, I feel extremely honored! I am happy that women have started competing there, and I hope the participation continues to grow and move forward. Keep a look out for more media from the competition and other updates in this regard. Below are embedded pictures from the album on their Facebook page.
Nowruz Mobarak! نوروز مبارك (Happy Persian New Year)
New short training video compilation (3 minutes), I decided on a Farsi songs for the background.
Man Amadeam من آمده ام by Googoosh گوگوش , an older song
Joone Khodet (Dokhtar Irooni) by Black Cats – بلک کتس – جون خودت a newer song.
The same video on VIMEO here (in case you can’t access by Youtube) I made some errors on the labeling for the sequence of Cleans, they are 60kg (132 lbs), 61kg (134 lbs), 62kg (136 lbs) and 63kg (138.9 lbs )
Its been almost 3 months since I put together a training video, and due to the delay, this will be a montage of clips from December 2012 till February 2013 with major editing, such as my rests in between repetitions. I am still working on technique, building confidence and as usual, fighting the demons! There are two PRs (personal records) in this video. Usual disclaimer: this is not intended to be an instructional video.
I am using only Pashto (my mother tongue) music in this video. These are the songs that appear (Lyrics and/or translations included in the Youtube video links):
Social Vision donated towards my trip, helping me cover the remainder not collected from donations and apparel proceeds. Approximately $6000
Dr. Susan Kaiser, a Professor in Women and Gender Studies at the University of California in Davis has donated $100. She is writing a book; Fashion and Cultural Studies, to be published by Berg in London in late 2012 or early 2013. It will contain a picture of me competing and will include my story, as she explains “as a brief case study of the interplay between identity/agency and cultural regulation– and how individual agency and identity issues can successfully challenge cultural regulation of style-fashion-dress.”
My good friend from high school, Mary Lewis has donated $25. She owns a business; Just Bead It! which specializes in handcrafted beaded jewelry and hair accessories. My friend from my undergrad days at UCF, Saadia Qureshi, donated $20.
A gift of $27 from a brother who wishes to remain anonymous. And another brother donated $250 with the same wish.
Alix Floyd a fellow weightlifter at SAP Gym in Seoul, Korea (she is originally from Texas) donated $140. She is going to attend the games and watch me compete!
My fellow Crossfit Atlanta gym members: Leeanna Lim $100, Leslie Kali Eason $50 & Dan Antonelli $20, Kenley Osborne $20
The following donated to my trip to the American Open 2011
Loren Williams, from Decatur, Georgia, USA donated $25
The following donated to my World Weightlifting Championships Nov 5-11th 2011
The World Weightlifting Championships Nov 5-11th 2011, was in Paris, France. I received donations from the Toronto, Canada community that completely covered my trip expenses, such as airfare, hotel, food, transportation, competition clothing needs. I greatly appreciated the support and well wishes. I would not have expected that grass roots efforts would gotten me there.
IFT – Islamic Foundation of Toronto
$5000 was donated by the IFT on behalf of the community. I was invited to their 2011 Annual Appreciation Dinner October 16, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They gave me the honor of speaking to the attendees. Everyone was very welcoming, encouraging and supportive of my efforts. After only meeting me once, they all have generously donated to my competition efforts. I greatly appreciated this help.
Team Mushtaq Sayed “Realtors with a Personal Touch”
Cell: 416-994-8786 Direct: 416-849-3497
Mushtaq Sayed & his family donated $500. They spoke to me at the banquet, were very supportive and kind.
301-1825 Markham Road
Scarborough, ONM1B 4Z9
The following donated to my Senior USA Weightlifting Nationals competition (July 15, 2011)
Last year, I was invited to an interfaith banquet to be recognized for my efforts in weightlifting clothing accommodation. Busy between competitions and training, I still wanted to attend. The main organizers had supported me and it was a good cause. My friend Hiba went with me as my guest. I didn’t have a formal enough western style dress, instead I wore a Shalwar Kamees (Pakistani style clothing) with headscarf (or hijab). Hiba wore a business suit. A South Asian lady recognized me from an event I spoke at. Conversing with her, I said “this is my friend Hiba.” “Your GIRLFRIEND?!” she exclaimed with a shocked and distorted look on her face. Hiba and I looked at each other, I then turned to her and said, “No, I said this is my FRIEND Hiba.” She said “oh”, and walked away. We realized she thought Hiba was my lesbian girlfriend. Hiba wearing a suit with her hair pulled up, amplified this lady’s suspicions, but wondering who the “man” in our relationship was. Perhaps Hiba wearing the suit, or me, the weightlifter. Hiba is from Sudan, so in addition to thinking we were lesbians, she thought we were in an interracial relationship. This caused us to laugh and joke throughout the banquet. I am sure that lady wiggled her eyebrows like Bert in Sesame Street, thinking to herself, “I KNEW IT!”
Not everyone labels me a lesbian, and some might think, from my version 1.0 blog post (Why am I not Married?), “It’s true, Muslim men are jerks! No wonder Kulsoom is not married!” They CAN be jerks, but so can men of other religions and races.
*This Video will not play on MOBILE phones, here is an alternative video link: http://youtu.be/FCPDqrddiHY
Future videos will not have this issue, as I have identified the problem with Youtube.*
I am continuing with volume training, more days a week, but less reps on each day. I have hit a few PRs, and have made some comeback PRs on my lifts. My video shows some of the PRs (personal records) I have hit, plus some other lifts I am training with.
November: A 60 Kg Power Clean was a PR (personal record), PR for Power clean from the hang position with 60kg, a comeback PR of 70kg Front Squat for 3 reps, and 3 single 60kg split jerk from the blocks. December 3: I matched my PR from over one year ago at 47kg. I attempted 49kg, I was close, but hopefully another time I make that plus more. I also hit a Muscle Snatch PR at 35KG. December 9: 105KG PR on an exercise called a lockout, Top Presses with 60kg, these are assistance, overloading exercises to help with the split jerk.
I have used a variety of music and iMovie editing functions for entertainment. Same disclaimer, I don’t do everything correctly, so don’t use this video as a learning guide. I am improving and learning, and the purpose of the video is to show my progress and have some fun! Check my blog and/or Youtube for past videos.
Ivanhoe Broadcast News
This news package was filmed this past March 2012 by Ivanhoe Broadcast News so a few of the facts are old (such as representing Pakistan). Video embedded below (and also on their Youtube link)
I have put together a second video of training clips with background music again (Youtube link). I had to re-upload the video due to music copyright issues and restrictions on playback, so now it sounds like Alvin and the Chipmunks. It has one PR (personal record)! I am still focusing on technique, strength and volume. I am hopeful that things are starting to click again on my weaknesses.
I get this question in various forms, some direct, some indirect. I can see why as not just in my race, culture, religion, but in all, many expect females to be married or partnered by a certain age. But even married, I could get other questions that are commonly asked, such as what do you do, how many kids do you have, what do your kids do, and etc….
Posted by liftingc on Oct 17, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off on Challenges as a female speaker
Though the title of this post is about speaking, I am addressing other issues and themes that this also relates to. When I travel (whether it is to compete, speak, attend an event), I meet new people, and experience various reactions to the multiple aspects of my identity. I also learn more about the aspects of my identity as I go into these different situations.
My cousins, Mansoor and Asad, who live in Peshawar, Pakistan, told me that stories about me have appeared for the past 5 months. Mansoor scanned one of them for me. It is from an Urdu print newspaper called Mashriq (meaning – where the sun rises, or the east) published in Peshawar, Pakistan. It is translated and based on the original English article that I was interviewed for by the The Friday Times article
It is pretty awesome to see this, and I am happy to hear all of it is positive and very supportive.
Summary of my training is at the bottom of this post. The video below contains video clips of some of the exercises I am doing in training now (Sept/Oct 2012). I started on a high volume strength cycle/program during Ramadan and have continued until now. It is also focused on weaknesses in my technique. I will (hopefully) take and add more videos to my Youtube Channel, and either in this blog post or in new ones. I am making dua that the future videos are going to be of me making PRs!
Some of the exercises shown in the video are:
Power & Muscle snatch from the hang
Deadlift, Snatch and Clean grip, from the middle blocks
Clean from the blocks
Deadlift Cleans (fast)
Disclaimer, do not use this as a guide, I do not do everything 100% correctly. You can look up other websites for videos on training exercises for learning purposes.
Posted by liftingc on Oct 3, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off on Pakistani American Youth Conference LA, CA, USA – Nov 10, 2012
Presented by the Consulate General of Pakistan in Partnership with Young MALAC (Young Muslim American Leadership Advisory Council). YMALAC builds partnerships between the Muslim community and law enforcement through communication and interaction, working closely with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Co-Sponsored by Pakistan Link.
My cousin in Peshawar, Pakistan scanned this for me. September 2012It is translated and based on the original English article that I was interviewed for The Friday Times article. Click on the image to enlarge.
Slim and petite, one would never guess (at first glance) that Pakistani-American, Kulsoom Abdullah, has been Weightlifting – at both the national and international level since 2010 – in addition to Crossfitting.
In Atlanta, Georgia (and other places) Eid ul Fitr is tomorrow, Sunday, August 19th, 2012. Today is the last day of Ramadan & fasting. For Eid tomorrow, we will attend the Eid salat (prayers) at the masjid and go out to eat 🙂
I wish everyone a blessed Eid Mubarak/Kareem! Please remember and pray for those who are suffering this Eid, here and in other parts of the world.
This month I was able to get some down time, not completely as it seems I always find something to do or feel the need to work on something as you can see by the contents of this blog post below:
Kulsoom Abdullah, a Pakistani-American computer engineer, has been Olympic Weightliftingand Crossfitting for three years. Recently I had the chance to interview Kulsoom on how she trains during Ramadan, what it’s like to be one of the only hijabi weightlifters in the world competing at an international level and how she represented Pakistan as its only female weightlifter.
Posted by liftingc on Aug 9, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off on Lifting Covered: One Woman’s Experiences of Weightlifting and Islam, Part 1/2
I was interviewed by Valerie Worthington from Breaking Muscle She is an experienced Brazilian jiu jitsu competitor & instructor. She also Crossfits. Check out her picture in the author’s bio on the right. It makes me feel more awesome I was interviewed by her. Below is a copy.
Lifting Covered: One Woman’s Experiences of Weightlifting and Islam, Part 1
Posted by liftingc on Aug 1, 2012 in Press Coverage | Comments Off on PBS Newshour Extra – Many Firsts for Women At 2012 Olympics
I was interviewed and mentioned in this article below, original article is located here at pbs.org. Below is a copy.
Many Firsts for Women At 2012 Olympics
Posted: 08.01.12 Allison McCartney – The 2012 London Olympics mark the first time that every competing country will have at least one woman on their team. This comes after years of encouraging female athletes and altering rules that kept out women in religions and cultures with modest dress codes.
(Photo Caption: Sarah Attar of Saudi Arabia enters the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Attar is one of the first female athletes to compete for Saudi Arabia at the Olympics.)
Although it now seems difficult to imagine the Olympics without athletes like swimmer Missy Franklin and gymnast Gabby Douglas, women were not allowed to compete in the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896, and their inclusion was controversial long afterwards.
In every faith, race and creed, we can find beautiful inspiration. Inspiration to do good works and inspiration to be better human beings. Here are 10 beautiful pictures that, as well as being inspiring, give us a glimpse of Islamic teachings too.
Please read Amna Al Haddad’s write-up on her blog about this issue titled: Hijab and Sports.
There are many female athletes who participate in sports with hijab and businesses are growing that are creating hijabs suitable for athletes. Before I competed in weightlifting, I practiced Taekwondo with hijab. I know females who practice the grappling martial arts, such as Judo, in hijab as well. There is a way to accomodate clothing in which the athlete does not have a competitive advantage over others AND still be safe. Safety was one of the reasons FIFA cited for banning the headscarf, but has recently FIFA lifted the headscarf ban for football.
I REALLY hope Wojdan Shaherkani gets to the mat in London. It has taken so much effort for her to get to this point, to be able to represent Saudi Arabia! As Jacques Rogge, the president of the International Olympic Committee, stated during the opening ceremony: “For the first time in Olympic history, all the participating teams will have female athletes. This is a major boost for gender equality.”
I am surprised the Judo Federation had not considered her clothing restrictions beforehand, but there is still hope for them to reconsider their decision and work on agreeing to a head covering for her that will comply with the rules and safety issues. It would be a generous on their part, not only for helping Shaherkani make history, but the spirt of sports and Olympic competition — bringing people from all over the world to the same arena, field, stadium and mat.
Ian Walton/Getty ImagesBritain’s Abdul Buhari competes in the discus at the European Athletics Championships last month. With the Olympics coinciding with Ramadan, Buhari and many other Muslim athletes are postponing their fasting until after their events.
You need to consider your own health, current fitness level, allergies, and consulting with your medical professional. What I have written is something you can use as a guide or help you make decisions on what you need or want to do for Ramadan. I encourage you to do your own research as well. Here are links to some diet theories to look into: paleo, primal, keto, Gary Taubes and Eades’ books.
Regarding the Olympics, as of this post, I still do not know if Pakistan is getting a wild card invitation from the International Weightlifting Federation and IOC for a female invitational slot for weightlifting. Thanks everyone for your support, I appreciate the encouragement. I am still continuing to train as anything can happen or is possible.
Column: Time for IOC to stand firm against Saudis
Updated: July 5, 2012, 6:35 PM ET
“The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit …”
Those are the International Olympics Committee’s own words, spelled out at the very beginning of its charter, right after the preamble, under a section known as “Fundamental Principles of Olympism.”
It’s time for the IOC to live up to them.
If Saudi Arabia won’t allow women to compete at the London Games, tell the guys who run the oil-rich kingdom they can keep the rest of their team — the men — at home, too.
No more negotiations. No more sorting out the details. This is a major issue, no less important than a stand taken by the IOC nearly a half-century ago when faced with the issue of apartheid in South Africa.
Summer Olympics & Training
First: what I am asked the most about is if I will be participating in the Olympics. I currently do not know if I am competing this summer 2012 in London. I have been training the same way 6 days a week so that I can be prepared in case I get the opportunity to represent Pakistan, if Pakistan receives one of the 4 female invitational/wildcard slots from the International Weightlifting Federation and I am selected to be that female.
My Summer Training
I train in a garage gym with no air conditioning. Atlanta, Georgia USA gets pretty hot, and the weather is humid. I have to make sure I consistently drink fluids, additionally, it is important to keep body temperature down, so in between sets I sit in front of a fan and hold two ice packs. One I hold under my hijab (headscarf) around my neck, and the other under my scarf on the back of my neck. When I go up to do my lifts, I have to really make sure I get a lot of breathing and oxygen, otherwise, I get dizzy and I do not want to pass out, especially when attempting a maximum attempt. I will write more about fasting and Ramadan this year in my next blog post. If I do get to go to the Olympics, I will again sell Pakistan weightlifting t-shirts for fundraising purposes. (CLICK READ MORE, to see the rest of this post)
Posted by liftingc on May 20, 2012 in Blog, News & Updates | Comments Off on 2012 Asian Weightlifting Championships rest of my trip
This post is about the rest of competition and my stay. Below I have an index if you want to go to a particular section in this post. Again, I have inserted some pictures in this post, but the entire album links are also included.
Posted by liftingc on May 20, 2012 in Blog, News & Updates | Comments Off on 2012 Asian Weightlifting Championships the day before & competition day (3 & 4)
The experiences and stories from the day before I competed and the day I competed will be shared in this post (the entire trip is split into multiple posts). I will insert some pictures from my album and a video compilation of my competition and lifting in this post. I met so many people and there are so many stories, but my blog posts are already so long I can only share a fraction.
Here is a link to the full album day 4 (on my website, but also includes the link to the album on my Picasa page):
The man on the right was a volunteer for the competition who was supportive the whole time I was there. The lady is also a native of Pyeongtaek, she used to serve in the US military as a doctor.30-Apr-2012 05:03, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 4.0, 20.0mm, 0.013 sec, ISO 100
I wish I had a regular picture of this man. He is a great person, also volunteered and helped me throughout my stay. He was orphaned during the war (his whole family killed). I was honored to meet him and hear his story.30-Apr-2012 06:43, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 17.0mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 160
Coach from Team india. She had shared with me that women in India face similiar issues I have faced, and that it is challenging to be the 1st one.. she was encouraging and supportive30-Apr-2012 07:07, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 17.0mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 800
I felt bad that I had the huge umbrella and they were sharing a mini one. (This was on the way to a restaurant, they helped me with translation)25-Apr-2012 02:04, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 5.0, 17.0mm, 0.01 sec, ISO 100
testing out the camera & waiting for the 53kg weigh in. This was probably after I saw special friend #1 (read my blog post if you want to know more)23-Apr-2012 20:24, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 17.0mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 3200
My schedule has been pretty hectic till I got to sit on the plane (and finally started typing towards this blog post). I generally train 6 days a week. When my shoulder got better, I started adding 2 days of 2 workout sessions for a total of 8 visits to the gym. I have been really focusing on snatch and the split jerk (my weaknesses) trying to be more consistent in technique. Doing a lot of volume work helps to maintain consistency which will lead to being able to get higher weights, as the higher you go and the closer the weight is to body weight, the more precise and fast you need to be in these lifts.
Day by day, I managed my time and had on going to do lists to prepare for Korea and I think this time (and hope) it will be more calm and an easier experience.