The mind is a powerful tool, it can take us to the moon or placebo cure our ailments. It can also convince you your weak causing terrible training sessions. The old phrase “my minds not in it today” holds more relevance than we think.
This morning I wanted to lift a PB in Clean and Jerks, but when it came to a weight of almost 15kg lighter then I lifted last time I continued to fail. I chickened out of the lift every time until I cracked the shits and decided to walk away. Disappointed in my efforts I wanted to try and finish on a high note so planned to do HELEN which is 3 rounds of
21 KB Swings
I started strong until the voices in my head convinced me I wasn’t strong enough to get a quick time.
Normally I can block out the voices but today I made Little excuses like “the bar is slippery” in order to take an unneeded rest. I came in 2min slower than I should have and cursed myself.
It’s training days like this more than any other that you learn about your weaknesses and how much our thoughts can dictate our performance. Verbally beating an opponent or openly saying “I’m the greatest” are all for nothing if that little voice takes over.
With self awareness I’m hoping to learn to manage the voices. If they can bring you down with a whisper imagine the power of control. It would mean global domination and an end to Bad Training Days.