Failure in a DNF (Do Not Fail) World....Not Really

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Last night was a humbling experience.

After the high of Monday's night new PR (personal record) for Deadlifts of 185lbs., my ego was a tad bit bruised when I fail to execute my 80lb Clean & Jerk. After successfully C&Jing 75lbs, I just knew I would lift the 80lbs with no problem. Who would have thought 5 measly pounds would make THAT much of a difference!

My first couple of attempts could not even be classified as legitimate attempts. I had to bail before I completed the first part of the clean...getting under the bar! Pete said I had a mental block...that I should walk away. Who me...admit defeat...HELL NO!

On my next attempt, I was able to get under the bar, but lost my balance on the way up to finish the clean. But I was feeling good because my next try would be on point...NOT!

I made it under the bar in a deep squat (arse to grass) when the unthinkable happened...I dropped the barbell...on my knee no less! OUCH...and a few other choice words! LOL.

My technique failed...my elbows did not come around fast enough. So, the barbell slipped out of my hand and onto my knee. Needless to say, that won't happen again. I'm going to develop the fastest elbows in CF. ;-)

The night wasn't an entire failure....I PR'd my Snatch by 10lbs -- ending @ 55lbs; the 75lb C&J was also a personal best. I just got greedy and wanted to PR it @ 80lbs!

There are 2 morals to this story....

1. Listen to your coach/trainer -- had I walked away when Pete told me, I wouldn't have gotten hurt.

2. The Box is no place for ego -- there's a reason that one of the rules of CF is to leave your ego at the door!


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