2015-09-02 training log

The mind is a powerful determiner of your success or failure.

I know this, but I’m obviously not yet a master of it.

Monday’s squat session was in part due to feeling physically great, but also having a killer mindset that I was going to squat that 315. But today? If I’m honest with myself I know that I’ve had doubts about hitting the 265 all this time. In general I don’t know why as the cycle went well, but I think it’s just general trepidation about benching my max. I work out alone, and the gym doesn’t have the best setup for failing on bench press. There is something I can do, but the metrics of it are off by just enough that it actually makes things worse in their own way. I don’t want to fail (and risk bad injury), and so I psyche myself out.

I was to go 235, 240, 245. I thought I’d try the 265, but I could tell I was doubting. The 235 went up fine. I figured go for 245, but then half-way through the rest period I bumped it to 250 because I felt 250 would give me a better gauge if I could hit the 265 (a 15# jump instead of a 20#). The 250 went up hard; I totally lost my leg drive because I was so focused on pressing. And so, 255 was my top for today and it was an ugly grinder, but I got it. It matches my previous lifetime PR set just a few weeks ago, so it’s not all bad, but I also know this went up harder than that prior 255.

I could say it’s a matter of other things… I was mentally distracted by other life things. Diet, rest, etc…. and yeah, maybe the played a part. But I doubt it. I’m pretty sure it was all in my head. I approached it like it was going to be heavy, and it was. I just didn’t have the mindset that it was “Ronnie Coleman light weight”, just enough doubt… and nope.

Ah well.

Strong-15 Short Cycle, from LRB365

  • Bench (goal: 265)
    • bar x 5 x 2
    • 135 x 5
    • 155 x 4
    • 180 x 3
    • 200 x 2
    • 235 x 1
    • 245 x 1
    • 255 x 1
    • 215 x 5 (AMRAP)
  • Incline Press
    • 105 x 15
    • 105 x 15
  • Dips
    • BW x 10
    • BW x 5
    • BW x 5
    • BW x 5
    • BW x 5
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