The Happiness of Pursuit
I’ve had a good run recently, training hard, eating right, and being consistent, turns out it isn’t magic after all. It’s funny when you hit a run like this, how hard a bad day can hit. It’s easy to forget the grind you came from, the weeks of no progress, of hard work with little reward. What even’s out these streaks, what makes seasoned veterans in any arena is their ability to ride the shifting tides. Smooth seas make poor sailors. What these people do differently, what I’m trying to do differently, is to find happiness in the pursuit of my goals; not in their attainment. Most people think of this as learning to enjoy the journey and not the destination; but I like this version better, because there is no destination.
Part of finding happiness in my pursuit, means remembering what I’m actually pursuing. My job isn’t competitive exercise, my future isn’t competitive exercise. This week reminded me of that, I had a busy week at school, and skipped my training for two days. It happens. As I’m learning to ride these waves, and figure out how to be a student and an athlete at the same time again, things like this will happen. The good news is that I survived, and I’m better for it. That’s really all you can ask for out of life; survive, adapt, and improve. Darwin would be proud.
A. Power Clean from High Blocks – Build to a 1RM
AMRAP in 15 minutes:
Airdyne – for calories*
349 (326 avg)
50 Back Squats @ 265#
B. Bench Press – Build to a 1RM
For time: Kipping
30 Strict Muscle-ups
50 Strict Handstand Push-ups
For time, 21-15-9:
Deadlifts @ 315#
Box Jumps @ 30″
Training this week was pretty fantastic, despite the two days off, I still got all my sessions in, and while some weren’t great, others were simply unbelievable. Wednesday I power cleaned 285 from high blocks, which should’ve felt terrible, but for whatever reason felt amazing, maybe because finally hitting your hips makes the bar feel 100 pounds lighter…something to think about. Thursday’s work was awful, we took a long hiatus from back squats, then squatted 265 (not a light weight for me) 50 times for time…needless to say it didn’t go well; though compounding 2 missed days into 1 the day before, probably didn’t help either. Not my finest hour. Enough Marc Pro‘ing and Assault Bike flushing and I could walk again Friday afternoon. Luckily I was able to turn the corner Friday, with 3 PR’s, a lifetime bench press PR and goal of a 1.5xBW Bench Press of 315 (@210), followed by a 90 second PR on 30 MU for time, and 4 minute PR on 50 strict HSPU. So while my squats have gotten rusty, gymnastics and pressing have improved tremendously. Saturday was still feeling a lot of Thursday’s squats, so I’d like to test that fresh, but 6:07 is still a time I can live with on that workout, on a fresh day I would bet that I could do it much much closer to 5:00.
Get on riding those waves. Find your happiness.