Today was definitely “failure to brain” with the workout, though I will phrase it differently…
When faced with an uncomfortable situation with a fixed time domain in which to complete a certain number of reps of a particular set of movements, I found myself with a decreasing amount of time to recover breath and mindset before starting the next round. After a certain point, the gap between recovery and starting again grew too great for my will to overcome easily and I gave up. This was a failure of mental toughness rather than a failure of body.
“Failure to Brain” is an easier way to phrase it. But either way, it was a DNF.
I *thought* I was in a good frame of mind this morning to work out. I headed in with Ev for the 8:30 class with Coach Lara, Todd & Melissa, KB, and Maria. We warmed up ok (400m run and some movements).
From there talked about the workout itself and scaling appropriately… Chelsea is essentially one round of Cindy every minute for 30 minutes. Or you can look at it like the chewy center of Murph, if it was spread out and expanded by 50%…
- Chelsea – Every Minute On the Minute (EMOM) for 30 minutes
- 5 pull-ups
- 10 push-ups
- 15 air squats
Yup. We’ve seen Chelsea before — back in September last year. Apparently I did better then, with 3-6-9 and making it to 20 rounds before I walked 800m.
Today I started with 3-6-9 and fell apart quickly.
- 6 rounds of 3-6-9, kipping pull-ups, regular push-ups, air squats
- 1 round of 2-4-6, same movements
- walk a mile
For some reason it got in my head very quickly and breathing was an issue. I felt better on my pull-ups than I have for a long time, and am happy with that. My pull-ups started to fall apart after 4 rounds to where I broke up the 6 reps into 3-2-1. And my air squats were ok.
I was finishing in 30-40 seconds and then using the rest of the time to recover. But as the time pushed to 35-45 seconds per round, I had less time to recover and spent more time at the beginning of the next round staring at the bar.
When I hit the 2-4-6 round in round 7, I stared at the bar for a full 30 seconds and hit a wall in my head. I knew I couldn’t push forward, so I didn’t. I failed. And with another 22 minutes to go, I figured I’d torture myself with an 800m walk. Got back around and the clock was at 16, so I did it again…
This was not a failure of body. It wasn’t Coach Lara’s fault. It was a failure of a mental toughness check.
What does this mean? It means an old issue I used to have is back. Pushing past pain and discomfort is just not something I like to do.
How do I fix it? By pushing harder to get through it next time. I got caught on the clock and my own failure to push forward to the next round. It was the cumulative effect. Some of that is conditioning. Some of it was heat and air quality today (we’re under an ozone warning) and I was having issues breathing last night for some reason already — allergies or a small cold picked up in Phoenix perhaps.
This has never been my favorite type of workout. The accumulation of fatigue bleeds into my brain and it becomes very tough for me to battle through for some reason. I prefer to set my own pace and stick to it — this forces me to push harder than I want to.
But someday I shall persevere. I hope. 🙂
Great work 8:30 class! Todd got through 20 rounds Rx’d and Ev got through all 30 rounds at her pace of 3-6-9, so there was some good to be had. 🙂