NK Classic 2022 Masters II squat 235 bench 135 deadlift 261 NL record 631 total =

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European Masters II Classic 2022 Vilnius Lithuania

I’m loving the mornings!!

January is almost coming to an end and I am still checking my boxes. Beating PROcrastination is rewarding. The last two weeks I have been working on strengthening the adductors and my buns (the latest I’d love to turn into steel ;-)). I am happy to already see some changes in how I approach the programme and even the bar.

Sunday’s  I take the time out for my weekly review on paper and digital. The biggest  ‘ahaah-thing’ I can say is…..I’m loving the mornings. Being on the go from 6.30 o’clock is challenging and once you get the hang of it the nicest flow to be in. Seeing the sun come up and noticing that I’ve already indulged some ME-time and brace myself for the tasks that are there for me to take on or even tackle. It gives me more time and focus to enjoy the things I do in my spare time.

This “check in” is quick so there will be more to tell and show next week.
Let me check what’s on my ‘I will be doing’ list for the coming week!!
How do you prepare yourself for the week and keep your focus? I am curious to know how this time of the year and season is  treating you and what you are putting in to it.

 

Untill we meet again.
–XOXO–
I.R.I.S.

 

Recover & Recharge

Yes, we made it to another week this new year. This week the focus was on recovery. While typing this a saying I once heard goes through my head: Recovery is not for people  who need it, it’s for people who want  it. And it’s never too late to join the party.


For me this also raises the question: but what does recovery actually means? Is that;

      • taking rest; doing nothing; 
      • still being active but with another intensity and intention on the outcome? ;
      • fill in the blanks yourself ****

Whatever recovery means for you; I find it important to make the time for it and be consistent in applying this in my active lifestyle. The way you deal with muscle aches, preventing  injuries (big and small), lowering your stress levels..…it’s all important and will benefit you in the long run if you have a plan by hand.

This week celebrating the existence of recovery meant treating myself to an acupuncture session to release the soreness and stiffness in my legs. And going back to the gym (since they reopened last friday here in the Netherland).  I found myself doing way overdue assistive work. And I can honestly say….I enjoyed it. Not because of the fact I wasn’t moving loads and loads of KG’s. Mostly because my focus was solemnly on strengthening overlooked and underdeveloped parts in my body in addition to my overall FIT_ness!

I’m curious to hear what your recovery(plan) looks like.
Feel free to share

Untill we meet again.

–XOXO–

  I.r.i.s

Don’t walk away, not now that I’m inspired

Best wishes for everyone who is reading my blog!
So every now and then I pop on here to check in and keep myself accountable for the things I set myself up to.

Remember my last blogpost where I stated I would be working on training like an older and wiser human being?? Well……….that story turned out in starting over with my training cycle after 5 weeks.  I’m glad to be able to say that – including the re-start- most things are going as usual and powerlifting is still part of the way I plan my days, months + year. This goes with the common ups and downs because sometimes I seem to let the delusion of the day mess up my priorities. That was the reason that the coach assigned me to start over ;-O.

Last saturday I had my first training of the year 2022 with trainer/coach Wim and experienced `-once again- that I’m still open and willing to learn to reach my goals. Even more important is it to see if I am willing and able to put in what it takes to get there.

For me it’s a challenge to develop the ability to learn without fearing judgement from others or even myself. That’s something I will be working on throughout this year. When I’m making mistakes I’m actually learning something new and growing as a person. 

If the situation in the world allows it, there are several occasions I’ll be putting the things mentioned above in practice. So I still have 51 weeks and a lot more days to reflect on what I’m experiencing training like an old(er) and wiser person.

Let’s make it a thing to put this reflection in paper every sunday in 2022 before 14.00

 

Now I’m off to do my homework; staying inspired, improve my self-discipline and not walking away but staying in place.

Have a great weekend.
Untill we meet again.

— XOXO–
Iris

 

2021 Year reflection

My year 2021 reflection, click one of links below to read 🙂
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=4687171284702180&id=100002280649015

https://www.instagram.com/p/CYJiuFELXPe/

 

Dit bericht op Instagram bekijken

 

Een bericht gedeeld door Wim Wamsteeker (@wimwam.1969)

Sneakerjagers – The Vintage Report

The Vintage Report  (30th September 2021) on Sneakerjagers YouTube canal

How it started vs How it’s going…

Do you ever look back at how and when you started doing something that you love?  Was this a choice – after some long thinking – or did you grow into this naturally? Whether it’s in sports, work, reading, painting, gaming, planning quality time, learning a new language. Developing a new skill or improving the skills you already have? YOU NAME IT!

For me…. doing something that I love did not come naturally! I had to go out and look for it, because something just felt off and I needed to do something that only involved being with me and learning more about myself.

Maybe the fact that it will take only 119 days before 2021 ends and Christmass is around the corner makes me appreciate the past, cherish the now and embrace the future.

 

I’m just getting used to the crazy feeling of this year and reviewing if I met up with the things I took upon myself to do. More about that later.

At the same time those (un)friendly Google reminders show me pictures around this time last year, two,3 and even 5 years back. And my oh my……I’d lie if I tell you that a lot has changed or that everything stayed the same.

Most of the clothing I’m wearing in those pictures; I can’t even tell you where they are. It’s not that I lost them…it’s mostly because they don’t fit anymore or because

I’m hardly leaving the house to dress up. Throughout this year materialism and wanting more has gotten another meaning to it. Don’t get me wrong: I still love and like to purchase things to please my soul, eyes and sometimes deal with a void that I try to fill.

Because if I’m honest: I don’t need anything that is out there for sale. It’s a privilege to be able to do so and it’s even more satisfying not to buy something, because it doesn’t add value to me or how I feel in the long run. 

 

In no way, shape or form, I am anything near to becoming a minimalist….although the view of an (almost) empty space or just starting over with a clean slate is tempting. On the other hand, the energy it takes of getting rid of all the things I accumulated in those 25+ years…….is overwhelming. And that’s why things stay the same, and I’m operating in my comfort zone. 

When it comes down to powerlifting,,,,I’m learning that less is more and that sparks my interest in being more intentional with what is already there.

A true lesson that I’m slowly but surely am incorporating in my non-lifting activities.

 

 

Please feel free to comment or share if you can relate to anything I mentioned. I’m curious to know how you view 2021 and have been taking yourself through this year and into the next one.

Until the next one..
XoXo – Iris –

2nd place IPF Worlds Powerlifting Masters II 2021 282,5kg squat 177,5kg benchpress 272,5kg deadlift 732,5kg total

0060KG🔫 >NO TIME TO DIE<

Since 2019 I am waiting for the latest Bond movie to actually come out in the cinema’s. Well yesterday that wait was finally over as I played a part in my own movie of trying to stay alive during my first central training of the new training cycle. I didn’t even have to audition. I just seem to get casted for the role. Let’s call this the golden ticket that everyone who participates in a talent show wishes for. 

Being known for my talent as ‘The one with no clue what to do’ we got the show going. Produced by trainer/coach WimWam. Starring; ‘The somewhat confused powerlifter’ (moi). I saw some 🌟🤩 alright!

Yesterday’s training humbled the hell out of me and gave me a new 💡 perspective on how to approach the current training cycle. No matter how motivated 💪 or pumped I am to start this programme, being efficient and effective is the main goal.

Looking back at my latest competition, the EK EQUIPPED Powerlifting Championships in Pilsen, I am proud to know where I stand, after almost 2 years. The things I need to work on became more clear. I am still looking forward to growing into a more skilled powerlifter. This comes with exploring my potential and applying the ‘PhiLiftsophy’ to this journey. I’ve got my work cut out for me as shown here 🙃😉.

Leaving me with nothing more to say and get back to work.

If you made it to the end of this I blog thank you for 📚.  

Until we meet again.
XOXO – Iris –