Grizzly Way 130819 (Ignorance is Bliss)
I’ve been listening to “Progress” by Chris Moore again…so today is going to be a little..cerebral, similar to yesterday’s quest for perspective. If this doesn’t enthuse you, then I’m sorry for your brain, because it’s important, but if you only care about Crossfit, my workouts down there as always.
I took about an hour this morning to finish “Progress,” and there’s a moment in the closing few chapters that really sparked some thought on my end, especially as it pertains to what’s been going on lately, my post about -est, tryouts, competitions, etc. The first thought, as the tagline suggests, is that to be ignorant, is blissful, but that bliss comes at a cost. Once you become aware, then you can improve, but not before. I’d take the forbidden fruit any day. Does it mean I might never reach the end of this tunnel? Perhaps. But will my journey be far more rewarding and fulfilling? Absolutely.
This brings me to the second notion, that Chris highlighted pretty brilliantly, and is a concept I haven’t directly touched on ever, at least not that I can recall. It’s this idea of a life free of obstacles, he poses the question, “What if everything went exactly according to plan?” I’m not sure about you, but I know Chris and I would agree that that’s a pretty impoverished life experience, to never be challenged or questioned, to take everything at first pass, just as you wanted. Not only would you probably be a terrible human being, but you’d be devoid of almost any personality trait worth having, no character, no hardiness, no passion or drive, you’d be a shell of a human being. This he argues, is a great reason not only to cherish the roadblocks we find in our way, appreciate the barriers; but seek out new ones, put some in your own way, take the hard road. This is the best way to learn not only what you find important, but what is essential to your success, and a perfect recipe to find fulfillment, even if the destination is not what you intended exactly.
It’s this pair of ideas that’s helping me shape my outlook for today, as new barriers are presented, and old ones refreshed, I’m not struck with anxiety or fear, but I will meet them with a smile. No matter the outcome, these are the things that will make me better. Bliss be damned, I will never be ignorant.
Airdyne 30:30 (work:rest) x 16 sets, record calories per set
12, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 12, 13, 13, 13, 13, 15
Power Snatch + 3 Overhead Squats @ 60%, 65%, 70% x 3 sets
125, 135, 145
Power Clean + 3 Power Jerk 60%, 65%, 70% x 3 sets
165, 180, 195
Push Press 4RM; 2 x 4 @ 90% of 4RM
2 Muscle Ups
10 Jump Lunges
rest 2 min between rounds
21:43 (3:43 working time)
I’ve already said my piece and more today, so I’m going to keep the workout recap section pretty brief. My positions are continually improving, the pace of that improvement might resemble the trajectory of a might snail, but its still a trajectory, and that’s enough for me right now. After the snatch work, I took 10 minutes to do 2 snatch pulls + 1 power snatch, focusing entirely on bar path, specifically off the hip. My position from the floor is now acceptable to me and Mike, my first and 2nd pulls are quite good if I can say that about myself. Really the next obstacle is correcting for hip angle. The idea being as you get passed the knee, to then begin to bend at the hip, straightening the back towards vertical as the hips and knees reach full extension, such that the bar is primarily directed up. I’m getting much more comfortable with this idea, and much closer to executing it correctly.
The only other thing of note from yesterday was the muscle up work. Before I started this workout I had the following conversation in my head…”Dan, should I put on my gymnastics grips that I bought just for things like this?” “No, you’ll be fine, it’s just muscle up doubles, you can stop and rechalk in between, no need for those things.” “Yeah, you’re right, we’ll just go for it.” This conversation inevitably left to what I now refer to as “Muscle-Up-Palm” tearing on the 2nd to last double, and I’ll be damned if I didn’t finish that last set. It hurt in the shower, but is more or less ignorable now.