Sunday, August 9, 2009

Brick Walls

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)
OAJ(20kg) 10/10
OAJ(24kg) 10/10
Jerk(28kg) 8 minutes - 8,8,8,8,8,6,8,6 - 60

3 Hour Rest

Snatch(20kg) 10/10
Snatch(24kg) 10/10
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.


Boris said...

I don't know what the answer is, but sometimes a longer rest is good too. Tapering can be tricky and I totally understand why a lot of people don't even go there, but it's worth it.

When is Chicago?

MKSchinabeck said...

August 29th. I plan to not train for about 5 days leading up to the comp. That is what I did prior to the Arnolds and I seemed to have a pretty good result.

Mark Reifkind said...

totally agree with Randy. Just hang tough and you will work through this. the fact that this is your first impasse is a great sign
I have a powerlifting friend who benched the same weight , 358, for FIVE YEARS in competitions, before breaking through and getting up into the high 400's in competition! You only won't get it if you quit.
and you won't quit.
Patience young Jedi, patience.

MKSchinabeck said...

It is always good to have Yoda in my corner!!
Thanks for the words of wisdom and thanks for taking the time to follow along with my journey.