This should be subtitled - getting my Sh*t Together
I think I did a good job not obsessing about the Garage Games during the week so I could avoid last weekends John McEnroe behavior. I had decided to use this competition as a way to gauge my fitness and be very aware of my reactions and thoughts if I hit a rough spot during the competition.
Well it didnt take long to have my spirits be tested. Since I had such a long delay between the athlete check in and my first heat I decided to hit the floater. I was feeling pretty good and had a decent warm-up and the judge was an old roommate and friend Mike Piispanen! Everything seemed tilted in a positive direction. First sledge push - not so bad, tire jumps - one no rep but all good, the between runs good. Last sled push - epic fail. I was up high on the sled too high. Got it off the ground but no forward momentum, again - nothing, starting to panic as the clock in my head goes into hyper drive. Final time 52. EPIC Fail. At that point I realized there was nothing I could do to change it. Kept my head up, didnt bitch and moan and put it all in the rear view mirror.
Next up the one that I had trained for the least and had a movement that I can do but certainly not excel at.
A. Establish a 1 rep max Overhead Squat in 3 minutes
B. Complete as many reps as possible of Muscle ups (Scaled: Pull ups) in 3 minutes
1 point will be awarded for every pound on the OHS and 5 points will be awarded for every muscle up completed. Your score is the total of both.
I got a nice warmup and confidence builder down at Warrens warehouse gym. I was able to put up 185 and felt confident I could get that. Next curveball - I missed them call my heat- they were slighlty ahead of schedule and I had to jump in to the next group. Good test would I freak out or would I remain calm and focus on the task at hand. I was a little concerned about starting too heavy so I went 135, then 165 and got those pretty easily. Next I did 185 - got it. Now Im confident but time is running down quickly. Big error on my part was weight management, 4 guys sharing weights - I should have thought about that and was stuck weighting for 5's or 10's as i didnt have time for a double swap. I get 2 10's with 30 seconds to go. 20 seconds rack, front adjust to my back and run out of time. Bummer. but still 10lb pr. Next on to muscle-ups. They are going better than expected. I knock off 5 and jump off then a few more and then I die on the vine. I cant even get singles. I got 7. If someone had asked me if I would be satisfied with 185 and 9 before the event I would have said yes. Sitting here now I really would have liked 205 and 10. I will adjust my thinking and swap disappointment with a plan for next time.
The other thing I have become acutely aware of is how you feel about your performance and then how you feel about it after comparing it to everyone elses. I am trying to get it in my head that I am not being true to myself doing that. Im better to ask - did I compete hard? did I do my best?, did I give it my all? Those are the right questions for reflection. I think i did way better on that front today.
3 Rounds for time of:
16 Power Cleans (Rx:155/105) (Scaled: 115, 80)
600 meter Run
Coach John was in my heat and I knew that If I could stay close to him that might be a good strategy to do well. I was very happy to have my judge be Christian Rodriguez! A class act and super supportive I just tried to stay very focused on my reps, in fact someone asked me my rep strategy and I had no idea what it was. Probably a good thing. This is one event that when I do the comparison get bummed out. I going to allow me to do that for 2 minutes. Okay over. Moving on. Nice job by my teammates - they were complete monsters.