Yesterday, wasn’t a chair-in-the-shower workout but I did need a chair in the kitchen to cook breakfast.
It’s been over a year since I read Professor G’s book (The Algebra of Happiness). I’ve been working on his advice to Embrace Small Failures.
Historically, my training has been where I expose myself to the risk of failure. As the kids have become more self-sufficient, I’ve had space to bring some athletic challenges back into my life.
Challenging myself at 51 is a whole lot different than going big in my 30s.
I’ve been using Mountain Tactical out of Jackson, WY.
I first came across MTI a decade ago when a friend used them. I remember thinking, “no way I could do that.”
For what it’s worth, I had the exact same reaction the first time I heard about Ultraman Hawaii, no way I could do that.”
I won Ultraman three years later.
Each module from Mountain Tactical had me wondering, “am I going to be able to get through this?”
My latest was a 10-week training program with 5 workouts per week => 50 sessions total.
Lots has changed between the start of the block and the finish.
The biggest change had nothing to do with sport, it was a gradual shift from “temporary” shelter-in-place orders to an ongoing you-must-stay-in-your-home-to-be-a-good-person vibe. Depending on your peers & politics, your mileage may vary.
Back in March, I looked ahead to Session #50. I thought it was a type-o:
- 10 minutes of sandbag getups (80 lb bag)
- 15 minutes of plyometrics (5 full / 2 mini)
- 1,000 step-ups with (25 lb pack)
When I first used an 80-pound bag for the getups, I’d get pinned (for a while!) before figuring out how to get back up. There’s no prescribed way to get up, so I took relief in my struggles.
The plyometrics were more psychological than physical => a lot of post-workout soreness and a lurking fear of tearing tissue. Once I realized I could keep plugging along, it was a mental game of persisting.
If you’ve ever done step-ups then you probably noticed it is the “down” not the “up” that causes problems. Thousands of step-downs nearly gave me an overuse injury, but I never quite got there.
All in all, a perfectly set plan.
There were a lot of small failures in the last ten weeks, not all athletic:
- My psoas getting so tight I thought I was a hip replacement candidate!
- My right calf blowing out
- Losing patience with the kids
Overcoming the failures provides a deeper appreciation of the victories.
Find the win.
I did a Q&A with Andy on athletic transitions, lockdown and other topics.