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Old 04-19-2009, 04:31 PM   #1
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Default Post Your Epic Fail

In the spirity of the PR thread, I propose adjuct...significant failures, big and small that you hopefully learned from.

1. what was the fail?
2. what did you learn?
3. what's your next move?
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Old 04-19-2009, 04:39 PM   #2
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I'll go first.

Saturday AM.

Was cued up for a benchmark PR. Felt certain I could pull somewhere between 460-515 for between 8-10 reps. the percentages were for 475 by as many, anything over 7 would be PR. I had put 475x10 in my head all week.

called an audible and loaded 500 and decided to go for 8, hooked. Stoopid. I got 5, and 6 was going up ugly when I bailed.

Fail. today my low back hurts..and that never happens.

Should have stuck with the plan and taken a respectable victory at 475x whatever.

lesson: Check ego at the door. trust the numbers. stick with the plan.

Now I need to reset the %'s.
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Old 04-19-2009, 05:16 PM   #3
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Last week when I was working out I saw a Marine doing some clean and jerks, he kept struggling with the jerks so I told him to try not sitting back on the jerk and to just bend the knees. He seemed confused so a little later on I was going to show him what I meant. I wasn't thinking at all and ended up powercleaning 195 and then failing miserably on the jerk and ended up flat on my back with the metal weights slamming to the floor.

Super embarrassing. Especially since prior to cleaning the bar I didn't even realize he had added more weight to the bar, I thought it was just 135. Oops.

I'm just glad I didn't hurt myself

Lesson: Pay attention, dammit.
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Old 04-19-2009, 05:31 PM   #4
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Through many horrific yet spectacular mountain bike crashes....I learned:
- never focus on the things you want to avoid (look where you want to go down the hill, not at the tree)
- if you think you can't....then you won't (especially when trying to go across a small board bridge and saying "Holy crap I'm going to fall")
- the more I crashed....the quicker I got back up and kept going
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Old 04-19-2009, 05:43 PM   #5
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I'll post two:

a) Went from reasonably fit (in an endurance athlete mode) to horribly overweight
b) Watch out for incremental crappiness
c) i) Embrace the horribly overweight, just made of different stuff, ii) Get good at fat loss

a) Have completely stalled at sn & c&j by focusing on technique, strength, fat loss, mass gain, etc. all at the same time
b) Stength & technique are everything for oly lifting -- and focus on one thing and succeed before moving on to something else
c) Get strong, damnit. 150kg fs or bust.
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Old 04-19-2009, 07:22 PM   #6
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1. That I suck at my own programming and can't commit to any specific training and make gains from it which would explain why my progress has been subpar the last year.

2. Learned that I need to get an actual coach to do the programing for me, eat more, rest more, repeat.

3. Follow the program I got earlier this week.. stick with it and get strong as hell
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