[/caption] Nov. 23, 2010–Winnipeg–Today was an excellent workout! I needed to rest yesterday and recover, not just physically but mentally as well. I’ll get back to that in a minute. So the workout was as follows: High-bar back squat 4×5 at 205 Shoulder press 3×5 at 90 Deadlift 1×5 at 265 Back extensions 3×12 Reverse hypers 3×10 at 70 I would not be overstating it if I said today I squatted the best I ever have. I nailed every rep, and I felt so good about it. The knees were out, the chest was up, and my weight was in my heels. In the third set I felt two reps get away from me, but I love that I can identify what I need to fix and make it better! Mike made me back down the weight a while ago and rebuild my squat to make me better in the long run. It has worked! The shoulder presses were easy, and I almost wonder if I should have gone after bigger weight, but there is always next time. The deadlift felt great, and I’m super pumped to see the weight increasing again. I wouldn’t say we have ignored the deadlift altogether in my training, but it has taken a bit of a back seat to focus on building my upper-body strength and endurance. If you read my last blog, you could feel the negative energy just oozing off the screen. I felt defeated, angry, doubtful—you name it. This is an ongoing problem. I am committed to working on my mental toughness because it is an area where I really struggle. And even that is new to me! I have been a super confident athlete my whole life. Take triathlons for, example. I love to race, and I am a terrible swimmer. Years of training really never made an impact on how I performed in the water. But when I hit the bike and run, I hunted people down. I could literally hear jungle music in my head as I searched for my competition on the course. I never stopped pushing until the race was over. And I always felt great about the outcome no matter where I finished. When I won my first race, I had come out of the water 48th out of 52. I finished sixth overall and won my age category. I was elated. Imagine if I had decided, “I may as well pack it in because I am never going to catch anyone.” I need to apply that drive and desire to every Functional Fitness WOD. It isn’t over until it’s over!
It’s easy to get off track with fitness and food in December. So I put together a plan to ensure I keep moving toward my goals.