If you haven’t seen the movie (A League of Their Own), it’s a great movie. If you don’t want to take the time out to go watch it, then at least watch this short clip (18 seconds of your time) and tell me that that’s not some of the best advice you’ve ever heard. It speaks volumes, especially on rough days.
I’ve been finding lately, that with the stress of my competition coming up, I’ve been getting frustrated really easily. I absolutely love watching people PR and I love watching the light bulb go off in people’s heads when things click for the first time. It warms my heart, because I know the feeling and I know what it’s like to want to climb to the roof top and announce your happiness to the world. The last few training sessions, though, I feel a pang of envy. Why can’t I PR? When’s the last time I even PR’d? Why have they been on a winning streak and I’m just frickin’ stagnant? The main thought/question/concern that has been running back and forth in my mind is, “WHY THE F#$K IS THIS SO HARD?!”
And the clip is true. It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, then everyone would do it. Would you feel that same sense of happiness and pure, raw joy if you didn’t really work your ass off to get there? Here’s an example. Riding a bike. You’re a young fox and ready to say, “fuck the training wheels” and hop on that big boy for real. You figure out how to ride a bike and HOLY COW, IT IS THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE! You thought it was impossible, but you could do it. After a while, riding a bike basically becomes second nature. You ride bikes around with all of your friends, your friends’ friends, and everyone and their mom seems to know how to ride a bike. When you ride a bike now, do you feel cool? Do you get a sense of euphoria and say to yourself, “DAMN, this is crazy. Everyone else is doing it and it’s really easy but I FEEL GREAT!” I would hope that your answer is no. With weightlifting, everything is hard. You put in hours upon hours in the gym just to maybe fix a movement that was an inch off. AN INCH! And, once you fix that inch, another issue seems to arise. You struggle day in and day out, waiting for a PR, seeing people better than you move effortlessly and comfortably, and your mind starts going a little crazy. Remember that all of the “experts” around you were in your exact spot at some point… AND, they have things to work on too. They put in the same amount of hard work that you do. And that’s just it….. weightlifting is HARD. Really, really hard. People spend years perfecting movements and still have things to tune up and polish. Weightlifting is a long, taxing, tiring, exciting, frustrating, joyful, exhilirating process. It is quite possible to go through 12 emotions in one session. Trust me, it happens almost daily for me. But when that moment comes that you PR, or you have a breakthrough, or you just fixed that goddamned inch, you light up like a Christmas tree. Why? Because you know and realize how incredibly hard you’ve been working to get there, and, like most everyone says, “IT FINALLY PAID OFF!” The hard is what makes it great.
So here’s what I did today. I woke up at 5 and did this pretty brutal metcon….WITH A FAT BAR >:[
10 minute amrap:
7 thrusters (70#)
Burpees suck. I love thrusters but today they felt heavy and just not very fun. I didn’t count my rounds but I know I did at least 10. I added in another 2 rounds after the metcon was over just for fun, and then practiced double unders for a solid 15 minutes.
Then I went in to lift. I had kind of a rocky start to my lift today. I felt pretty sluggish, not very explosive, and overall just exhausted. My body is tired. My timing for my snatches was off which was kind of a domino effect that made the rest of my training sesh pretty “eh”. It wasn’t until the last rep of the last set of snatches that I got a “GOOD!” from my coach. shit happens.
Snatch: 3×5 (70%-80%)
Snatch Pull: 4×4
Back Squat: 3×4
Trying out something a little different this week. Not really going for percentages for squat, press, or deadlift… and not doing *exact* percentages for the olympic lifts. I’m more going by feel, because I haven’t tested any maxes in quite some time and feel like my “percentages” would be a little off. None of my lifts are max efforts; I’d say I keep them between 70% and 80%.
Well, here’s what I can say about today: I learned what I was doing wrong and all I can do is keep putting in the work to fix it. If you don’t believe you can do it, then you won’t. If you don’t believe you have the capability to lift like an animal, then you’ll never be an animal. And holy hell, if you don’t have an trace of belief in yourself that you could be a champion, then you are NEVER going to be one.