Friday, August 20, 2010
Dreams vs. Reality: Lisa Fisco
Lisa Fisco, as seen here in this video, has definitely peaked my interest. There are mixed feelings out there about her dreams and apsirations. Some see her as a joke. Some see her as an inspiration. I've been told, "If you reach for the stars, you'll land on the moon." In our gym we have a quote written down saying, "It's hard to fall of a mountain you have not clombed." I personally like the quote, "The best way to fail is to not try." (something like that.)
Here are some responses to her videos on youtube:
"What a compelling story! You are an incredibly courageous individual whom I truly admire."
"not only is she inpsiring and an awesome person with a captivating personality, but she is also GORGEOUS!!!!"
"Great story!!! Best of luck to you....Inspiration for men too!!!! You go girl!!!"
It's inspiring for me to see her trying to fulfill her dreams. I find the most inspiring people are the hardworkers, and the dreamers. When she was working with Coach B she would drive 4 hrs everyday?! That's dedication, baby! There are people who won't drive twenty minutes to train. For a single mom of three to be able to lose 100 lbs and completely change her life at 47 is pretty remarkable. If we didn't dream the world would be very uneventful, lame place.
Now here's the reality. Lisa is wanting to become the oldest olympic weightlifter ever to compete at the olympics. Is that really possible? Probably not. Consiering these facts (mind you, this is my factual opinion):
1.) The older you are, the harder it is to get stronger. The goal of most master weightlifters is to delay the dropping of their totals as long as possible. Strength maintanence. It takes longer to warm up, and it's easier to get fatigued. This reduces the amount of workload and volume that is needed to become a successful elite athlete.
2.) Consistency: From the videos I have seen she has worked with great coaches like Bob Takano and Mike Burgener. She has worked with Tom Delong as well but, I don't know much about him. How successful can she be training with multiple coaches and different training styles? Not sure. There are many athletes who have had multiple coaches and are still progressing, like me, for example.
3.) You have to be registered with USADA like a year and a half or two before the Olympics. Is she?
4.) You have to compete (I have looked and not seen any of her results) and be in the top 20 overall to attend the Olympic Trials.
5.) Girls at the World Championship/Olympic level are posting at least 200 kgs totals. Is she capable?
This isn't a "Debbie Downer" post. I want to encourage everyone to "Dream Big" and work hard. At the same time though, be realistic. What can you actually do? You'll never know until you try. I never knew I was going to have success in this sport (never thought I would) until I fully committed to it.
She may not become an Olympic, World, or National Champion. Weightlifting changed her life! It gave her hope, confidence, and a healthier body. What more could you want? She's an inspiration. I hope her story gets out there so people know they can improve their lives with weightlifting.