On my mind today is a dear friend who is discouraged about not having reached one of her biggest goals in the gym yet. In talking with her this morning, I could sense her discouragement and feelings of failure. I know this all too well… the temptation to give up on something because it is hard… physically and emotionally. I think it is very important and helpful for us to have realistic goals for ourselves. Goals can drive us to work harder and be better than before. They can also seem daunting if they are not met as soon as we hoped, or even at all. Life happens and things change. Sometimes we have to find another way to reach our goals, or we have to work harder, commit more, give something up… or we come to realize that the striving for the goal is the success, even if we don’t ever get there.
One of my favorite websites to follow is Gym Jones… especially since going there in February. However, it had been a while since I had read through any of their articles, but I figured I could find some inspiration related to this topic. I actually don’t remember reading this one before, and I really like it and find it quite fitting for today… so true of training and of life:
“Modern man is conditioned to expect instant gratification but any success or triumph realized quickly, with only marginal effort is necessarily shallow. Meaningful achievement takes time, hard work, persistence, patience, proper intent and constant self-awareness. The path to such success is punctuated by failure, consolidation and renewed effort. It is wet with the tears of emotional breakdown. Personal reconstruction is art. Discovering one’s self, one’s talent and ambition and learning how to express it is a creative process so may not be rushed. What’s the hurry? Pressure to succeed according to a particular timeline comes from outside. If the goal is selfish self-improvement there is no schedule, no deadline. One’s rate of progress is influenced by the intensity used to address the task. Hard, intelligent work speeds us along the path. Neurotic obsession and compulsion may steepen the trajectory but usually lead to illness and injury. In the end, the process takes as long as it takes — you can’t push the river.” -Mark Twight, full post: “Why”.
In striving for any goal, we will likely fail. We will likely breakdown… maybe many times. I’ve been learning that this is ok (ok… ok…). I love what Twight says about personal reconstruction being an art… a creative process. Like a work of art, it can take a while to get it just right. In the end, if you really want it (whatever “it” is) bad enough, what’s the rush? If it is about you and your personal accomplishments, why worry about what anyone else is doing? Practice having grace with yourself. If what you are doing isn’t working, maybe try something different or ask for help. “…the process takes as long as it takes…” I love this. Absolutely love it. And to my friend, your goal is not impossible for you and you will get it. I believe this wholeheartedly. Don’t you dare give up. Find a way.
SMR, dynamic, mobility, 800m run.
20 minutes to establish a 1RM Clean and Jerk
135# (PR for me!)… I tried 140# a couple of times. Cleaned it, but missed the jerk.
Max height box jump (36in… tried 39in several times, but could only get the left foot up there)
Max pull-ups (31 reps)
Max distance handstand walk (4 steps… getting better, but still needs much practice)
400m run (1:07)… ran down to ARCO. Brutal.
500m row (1:47)… not enough rest after run, but ran out of time. I think I can be faster.
Ok… here’s my 135# Clean and Jerk PR today (10# PR on my Jerk… yippee!)
And here is my attempt at 140# (PR on the clean, but missed the Jerk… close!)