When I started writing the title of this post, I typed in “Monday, March 18th”. The days are blurring together a bit… and every day kind of feels the same! I’m back at school from a spring break at home that was way too short…. and I’m ALREADY mixing things up… oh my. Almost done, though… 50 days and KP is OUT OF HERE… FOREVER!!!!!! Just need to keep a calm mind… because a calm mind equals a strong body! Yes! Friday, Saturday, and Sunday I didn’t post anything simply because I didn’t really do much of anything. I worked on a few skills and did a few wods.. mostly because my knees have been killing me. And, in case you haven’t noticed, you kind of need to have your knees when you squat, clean and jerk, snatch, and just about.. well… everything. Then, there was Sunday…
Sunday started off with some hang snatching. I knew that I had worked really hard all week long, in the snatch especially, so I didn’t want to go for a max. After all, I had spent basically the entire week testing maxes and hitting all kinds of PRs. I figured that I’d hit about 80% and do some doubles for a few sets, and then move on to whatever else I had planned for the day. However… much like life, it didn’t go as planned. I didn’t take enough time in between my last set, I had done too much, hadn’t warmed up enough… and when I caught the bar at the bottom, I thought to myself, “YES! THIS IS ABOUT TO BE A P-FRICKIN-R!” But, something weird happened in my shoulder.. it felt like it collapsed. The bar bounced off the back of my head, hit my neck, and I kind of just crashed to the ground. This could have ended WAY worse than it did… my shoulder is hurting a lot so I probably won’t be doing anything overhead this week… and my neck is still pretty swollen. I’ve had a throbbing migraine since it happened Sunday morning, and I can’t lie… I’m still a little shaken up. That has never happened to me before… not even close, actually.. and I wasn’t expecting it at all. Especially with the most recent Kevin Ogar horror story, I couldn’t help but feel pure, raw FEAR. But everything turned out okay…. I took yesterday off and got a pretty standard day of work in today.
Front Squat: 6 sets x 2 reps @ 80%
Front Rack Lunge: 3 sets x 8 reps (4 reps each leg) GO HEAVY! It should be challenging to complete each set.
Then— complete 100 double unders (try to go unbroken)
10 Minute AMRAP:
3, 3, 6, 6, 9 , 9, 12, 12……
Wall balls (25/20)
8 x 250m row
15 double unders in between sets
That’s all for today. Pretty short day that was basically just a little grinder. I wanted to clean, but I tried and it hurt my shoulder. I also wanted to do butterfly pullups, but once again… my bum shoulder stopped me. Injuries suck, especially when it’s something like your shoulders… that keeps you from doing a hell of a lot of stuff! All of my weaknesses involve using my shoulders, so I’m going to be honest here.. I get a little panicky when I can’t use them.
Stay calm in the face of challenges. Life is going to throw a whole lot of crap your way that you in no way, shape, or form planned for. Sometimes things get so goofy that you stop and say to yourself, “ARE YOU SERIOUS?!”. This pertains to both training and just life obstacles in general. Panicking will do absolutely nothing for you— in fact, it will hinder your performance. As easy as it is to panic, don’t.
Be proud of yourself. Don’t do things for anyone else but yourself. If you don’t want to do the Open, then don’t do the open. If you don’t want to compete, then don’t compete. If you want to lift weight just for the sake of throwing shit around and having fun, then do it, damnit! Do what makes YOU happy… not what you think will make other people happy. Find what it is you love to do it and do it.