Brittany Diamond 2016 Nationals: Coping With Losing
Coping with losing….
I had one goal: to win my pro card. I did not make that goal and yet, this was the best contest I’ve ever had.
Video below goes into detail on events themselves.
I’m not the calmest person to walk this earth and when I compete, my overly aggressive, competitive, personality comes out. I can be hard to be around and my energy can be overwhelming. With a winning mentality, losing can be tough. This has pros and cons, it makes me a great athlete but takes away from other areas of my life.
I’ve gotten “post contest blues” when I fail to reach my goals. Any athlete can relate. This tends to lead to a spiral of emotions including: questioning your self-worth, anxiety, uneasiness, etc. Yes, this can fuel the fire and your desire to succeed even more in the future, but it comes with a cost.
There’s been times in my life where I have been so obsessed with training that I have neglected other areas of my life. Don’t get me wrong, training won’t always be fun but if you’re not doing something you love, then why bother?
My biggest heartbreak of this contest was when I placed low on my favorite event (H-stone carry). This is an event that pushes you just as much mentally as it does physically. It’s going to hurt no matter what but if you can withstand the pain and talk yourself through it, you will be successful.
Mental toughness is what I pride myself in. My hand slipped and I dropped it, before I was even tired. As I explain in my video, it doesn’t matter what you do in training, it comes down to contest day. I was disappointed, but not devastated.
I texted my coach the news that even if I won the next event, I wouldn’t win because of how low my placing was on that one event. I told him, I wasn’t that sad. I told my mom too. She wanted to know if I was crying. I wasn’t, and didn’t. I was surprisingly calm this entire contest. I really enjoyed walking around in between events and introducing myself to other athletes.
Ever since my injury, I’ve matured as an athlete and person in many ways. Instead of telling myself, “I’m a failure” when I don’t do what I set out to do, or place where I want, I take it in stride.
I feel lucky to compete and push my body outside of its comfort zone. There are many people that do not have the privilege of health. Not being able to walk for a few days will do that to you. I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again…getting injured was my main facilitator for personal growth.
Mental scars left by an injury often corrupt your confidence and can lead to a plateau. The constant fear of re-injury can keep you from regaining back your confidence. I made sure this didn’t happen. I have mastered my mental game. I have devised a system on keeping myself in check and always being motivated to be the best athlete (and person) I can be. Being a role model in this sport for other people is just as important to me as winning is.
Taking a few weeks off of with no structured program then getting ready for the Arnold in March!
Brittany Diamond “BDimez” began her strong(wo)man career in August 2013, the summer of her junior year of college, when she came across a local show that had a women’s novice class. After graduating and finishing her DI rowing career at URI in May 2014 she began training for what she called the “road to strong(wo)man”. Since then, she has won numerous state titles and competed both at the national and world level. Most recently she placed 6th at the 2016 Arnold World Championship, 1stat the Kumite Classic and 6th at NAS Nationals after some injuries. She will be competing numerous times in 2017 with a goal of getting her pro card.
You can contact BDimez for training at BDimezStrongWoman@gmail.com