"It was a thing I had to do," Kirkbride told BBC Sport.
"If I'd have gone I could have been out for even longer, so I had to take the decision and deal with it. I heard people did well and I would have loved to have been part of it, but I made the sacrifice to be 100% fit."
After sampling the competition stage at
London's ExCel Centre
, the venue for Olympic weightlifting, Kirkbride is in no doubt that he wants to return next year.
"I've done it [the Olympic 'B' standard] four times this year and been injured, so what am I going to do when fully fit?" said Kirkbride. "If I could hit a 339kg total ['A' standard], which is just three kilos off my best, then I'd be happy.
"Just to qualify to go to the Olympics, to be the first Olympian from my club [Kilmarnock] and to be an Olympian for GB would be a great honour and a dream."
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One lifter who was not able to complete at the Olympic test event was England's Commonwealth bronze medallist
Like Kirkbride, the 17-year-old from London has suffered a number of injury problems this year, but
team manager Fiona Lothian insists it should not harm her European Championships and Olympic Games hopes in 2012.
"She picked up an injury a few weeks ago and it's been recovering reasonably well, but we didn't want to risk it in a competition, especially going into the next selection period," Lothian told
"I think it's a little bit about adapting to being a full-time athlete. We've seen with a number of lifters in Leeds that they have gone through a little bit of an injury, worked really hard and resolved the problem.
"It's making sure there's good muscle balance. Obviously she's very strong and has a huge amount of talent, but some of the weak areas need to be addressed."
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