Fitness Observation: We re-did 14.3 on Saturday – the Deadlift/Box Jump ladder, website where the DL get progressively heavier. As the reps built up with all the pulling and jumping, sick 275, more about and later 315 felt like they were strapped to the floor. Each rep was a battle under fatigue.
Fast forward 2 days, and we had Deadlift for 3 heavy singles. In almost no time, I was back up to the weights in 14.3. With rest I pulled them easy, with good set ups and quick pulls. I continued to pull well past the 315 weight, and even as the reps added up, the rest was enough to keep me feeling fresh and strong.
We’ve been following a Deadlift progression for the better part of 4 months, so I was hoping 14.3 would be easier, as my body was conditioned to heavy, fast pulls. I am stronger than last year. In the end of 14.3, I got exactly the same score, 13 Deadlifts at 315. Why, when I am stronger, is it so much harder? In my mind it all comes down to what I consider the 11th element of fitness, Will.
Sometimes the weight is heavy, sometimes it’s light. Sometimes you’re strong, sometimes it’s a struggle. But it’s when you decide, no matter what that you’re going to do the work that you may break through.
If you do CrossFit regularly, you will approach these moments when you can decide to shut out all the noise in your head and just work harder. That’s easier said than done, but that is where the magic happens. When it got really ugly for me on Saturday, all loaded up with lactic acid, heart thumping and breathing heavy, did I really assert my will? I don’t know, but I’ll try hard next time.
Workout of the Day
15 Wallball Shots 20/14
15 Power Cleans 95/65
15 minute cap
In the remaining time in class, build to a Max Effort Hang Power Clean