Be Comfortable with being Uncomfortable - by Mel Peacock
Be Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable.
Posted by Melissa Peacock on Sep 11th 2018
Uncomfortable. This is definitely a common description for a majority of my contest preps. Most people cringe or steer clear of the idea of being uncomfortable. I mean, isn’t that most people’s drive in life? To be comfortable? Financially, in relationships, in their jobs, just their everyday live’s in general. Don’t get me wrong, there are aspects of my life I enjoy feeling comfortable or safe in, but for some reason strongman is something I strive to be uncomfortable in. I could easily move up a weight class and forget about weight cutting ever again, but there’s something about cutting down 10, 15 or ever 20 lbs that lights a fire under my ass as an athlete. Why wouldn’t I want to strive to be a part of the best of the best as a LW at the Arnold whom I would be more competitive against?
Maybe one day I will feel seasoned enough to roll with the MW women, but for now cutting weight and making those sacrifices are in my best competitive interest. I’ve heard people say, “well do you wanna be a big fish in a little pond?” Quite honestly, this statement boils my blood. Strongman at one point didn’t have weight classes, but the sport has evolved and grown to display the athleticism of athletes of all shapes and sizes. So I’m my opinion, my pond is the same size as their pond. Cutting 25 lbs to compete at the Arnold Amateur World Championships among some of the best lightweights in the world was honestly my greatest physical and mental accomplishment in my whole 23 years of life. I can’t tell you how many training days during that prep were some of the hardest ones to show up to, but they were the most rewarding ones. There’s something about being so uncomfortable it hurts. That makes the journey so much more rewarding for me. So no, I don’t think I’m a big fish In a little pond. I’m just better at being comfortable with being uncomfortable.