While reading Randy Pausch's book The Last Lecture I came across a very timely quote that applies to my current snatch impasse. I have become discouraged over the past several weeks, since for the first time in my short GS career, I have come to a roadblock. I have become stuck at the 8 minute mark in my snatches and am struggling to get past this sticking point. Randy's quote is very applicable to my situation and has given me new enthusiasm to overcome this problem: "....the brick walls are there to stop the people who don't want it badly enough. They're there to stop the other people."
After reading this passage, I headed out for a strong workout:
Warm Up: Halo/MP (12kg)
Jerk(28kg) 8 minutes - 8,8,8,8,8,6,8,6 - 60
3 Hour Rest
Snatch(28kg) 16 rpm - 3:45 Left (60) and 3:30 Right (56) - 116
My jerks felt very strong. Stopped with plenty in the tank. A ten minute set in Chicago should be no problem. My snatches continue to improve. I have now gotten rid of the heel lift and am focusing using both feet to launch the bell upward on the ascent. This is allowing me to pull less with my hand which in turn is helping preserve my grip. I was also to note very little drop off in my snatch performance despite jerking earlier in the day. I think the CMS numbers are still in sight. I will break that brick wall down.