Disclaimer: this post contains extreme frustration and self-pity.
Good day, everyone. It’s hump day and I’m struggling to pull myself over that stupid hump. I managed to kick start my morning routine again and headed into the box for some heavy lifting. Little did I know how much of a battle today would be…
First off, our warm-up was great: a little bit of rowing, some mobility, skill work – the works. I felt ready to lift some heavy bars. Side note: I modified yesterday’s 8 min AMRAP, 8-16-24 front squats, push ups and box jumps and switched out front squats for deadlifts. I have this nagging hip flexor issue and didn’t want to piss it off so I went with 115# deadlifts instead. Spicy…
Sure, I was a little stiff from my deadlifts yesterday, but I had no idea how slow that would make me.
Today’s WOD: 1RM Clean + Jerk + 3RM + 5RM.
Well, we decided to just go for the heavy singles. The first couple sets were basically muscle cleans, then I started to get slightly lower into a power clean. Not too bad and my split jerks were looking on point; however, I was NOT feeling it today. I felt out of it. As soon as I reached 105# I was doing this ugly muscle clean thing. It was awful. My clean form was totally breaking down and I’m sure I looked like a mess. Jerks were fine, but the clean – YIKES.
What gives? There were moments in between sets that I felt like I was psyching myself out and the spiral started: “My hips were slow under the bar. What was I doing catching the bar so low? Do I even know how to clean anymore?!”
After the last few (ugly) completions – I threw in the towel. It was time to call it a day.
Bottom line: I was over-thinking what I did wrong during my last lift INSTEAD of thinking about how I will approach my next attempt. The negativity and self-doubt won. ARGH!
Sigh. Folks, it just wasn’t my day. I even had a hard time congratulating people on PRs. Bitter, party of one?
So I left the gym with my own personal rain cloud over my head.
Thankfully, it didn’t take long to snap out of it. My drive into work included my favorite holiday music and great coverage from yesterday’s announcement was waiting in my inbox.
Ironically, this snappy CrossFit video was posted and I was able to retain some great cues like, “pretend there’s paint on the inside of your elbows and your trying to wipe it off on your shirt.”
Pretty cool. And to the lady in the video. 175 lb clean? Baller.
Moral of the story: We’re going to do some cleaning in near future, this time with a more positive attitude and confidence.
So that’s how my day started out and it can only go up from here…
How do you rebound from a bad workout?