Originally Posted: 9-20-16
Today I walked, but I’ll get into to what I mean by that in a minute.
Today I did the workout Kelly. I didn’t get a chance to do it last week, so I came in to the gym today to make it up.
If you don’t know, the workout is:
30 Box Jumps at 24 inches
30 Wall Balls at 20lbs
5 rounds for time
I’m not sure what my PR was for that workout since for some reason I didn’t write it down. I’ll go over in another article why it’s critical to journal your progress, but suffice it to say I didn’t have a baseline to work from.
I did however had a top time on the board, so that’s what I based my expectations on. I knew that the top time the other day was 25:58, so just a hair under 26 minutes. I then calculated my theoretical time for the workout. By those calculations I set my goal for just under 25 minutes which is 5 minutes a round.
The first round went pretty well. I finished the run, did the box jumps continuously, and did the wall balls unbroken. After that, round two got a bit slower, and the wall balls I had to break up. By this time I was struggling. On the third run I had to walk on the 400m run….
This may not seem like a big deal for some of you, but I don’t walk on the 400m runs. Not ever. I’ve ran 50 miles before, I should be able to run 400m without stopping even if it’s a slow trot, but alas here I was walking.
I just didn’t have it in me. The rest of the workout went down hill from there. The box jumps were slow, the wall balls were broken up. By the time I got into my 5th run, I walked 4 times on that lap.
To say I was frustrated would be an understatement. I was not performing up to my standard, and I knew I have done better in the past.
I not only didn’t get the top time on the board (that’s not the big deal for me), I was beat by 10 minutes!!!
I could use any litany of excuses on why I didn’t perform to my standard.
It was hot.
The wind was blowing.
I have a cold that I’ve had for 2 weeks.
I didn’t sleep well.
I’m under a lot of stress right now.
I did a lift before the workout.
My hamstring was bothering me.
My neck is super stiff, I slept on it wrong.
Sweat was in my eyes.
I didn’t eat breakfast.
The list goes on and on, but in actuality they’re all BS.
The truth of the matter is, I haven’t been training as much as I should or want to. My schedule has been kind of crazy and I’ve let my workout consistency slip.
It doesn’t make me a bad person. It just let’s me know where I’m at, and I know what I have to do to get back on track. Train! I know where I was, I know where I can be, and I’m going to get back on the wagon and train again.
Sure it’s hard. Sometimes you have to check your ego, but the classes are always hard, come in and do your best. We all have to walk sometimes.
Have you felt the same? Sometimes you don’t PR. That’s why we test them. They are bench marks. See where you were compared to last time and work consistently on getting better.