In honor of another Bears win, this morning started off bright and early at 5am with THE BEAR COMPLEX!
12 MINUTE AMRAP: (115/75 for all movements)
5 hang power cleans
5 front squats
5 push jerks
5 back squats
This was strangely difficult. Obviously going in I knew it was going to be a pretty brutal one, but it wasn’t near what I expected. The push jerks were by far the worst part… after holding onto the bar for the hang cleans and then taxing the living hell out of your shoulders during the front squats, it felt like I was jerking 200 pounds. After a few rounds I started putting movements together that were easy to put together. Power cleans go straight into front squats, dropped the bar. Cleaned the weight, jerked it, put it on my back, and went immediately from the back squats into the deadlifts. It was a long 12 minutes, I’ll say that much.
Then, I had a burst of energy and decided to do muscle ups. They really are getting easier and easier and today I ACTUALLY ENJOYED THEM! What is going on here?! Kayla Perry hates rings! And I’m starting to link them together, which I never thought I’d be able to do. Practice, hard work, and falling on your ass goes a long way. 😉
Then later on today I went back in to take care of my lift.
3 Position snatch: 60%, 65%, 70%, 75%, max
Back squat: 5 rep max
Press: 5 rep max
Well, today didn’t go as planned. Besides back squat, I matched my previous PR for snatch and press. I was really pushing for a PR but in the back of my mind I wasn’t really expecting anything too great to happen. The last few days have been a bit off and I feel like my strength is at a little bit of a standstill. Not to mention the 15 muscle ups from this morning didn’t leave my shoulders in PR mode. With weightlifting you just have to accept the fact that you aren’t going to PR every single time you test for a PR. It might say it on paper. Your program might tell you to find your new max and you have it set in your mind that that day will be PR day. But, the longer you’ve been at it, your PRs will be few and far between. This year at Crossfit Big Sky Tour, Dan Bailey PRd his snatch at 275. That’s only a 10 pound PR from one year ago. How’s that for perspective?! It’s about accepting the fact that things don’t always go as planned and you simply can not and will not PR up the ass like you did when you first started. Keep working hard, stay motivated, and BE PATIENT. Don’t force a PR. Let it happen… it will happen in due time.
Weightlifting is honestly the most frustrating thing I have probably ever done in my life. It’s extremely difficult to fall on your ass so many times and stand up each time and tell yourself it’ll all be okay. There are days when I question why I ever started weightlifting and crossfit and if I should just quit all together. On days that you suck, you get upset. On days that you hit PRs and perform well, you feel this weird pressure and anxiety that you won’t be able to do the same thing next time. It’s a long and never ending cycle towards perfection. But there is no perfection, for anyone, ever. Don’t forget to have fun along the way and pat yourself on the back for the little things. All of your failed attempts and hours spent working towards something as small as a 2.5 pound PR will make it that much more special. 😀