Go So Hard

by Sarah on February 10th, 2015

So first, if you'd like insight into my sense of humor, this video is about the funniest thing I've ever seen.  Please watch.

Now that you're hopefully laughing, or at least marvelling at what goes on inside my mind, I want you to reflect on that resume.  "Go 2O hard."  "Go SO hard."  Whatever.

In 2012 I made the mistake of pacing too much during my training.  Everything I did was controlled, calculated, and not really that difficult.  I was usually comfortable, well within my capacity, and seldom actually testing my limits.  My fitness was ok, my skills were a little behind my peers, but I was really strong, and much to my dismay I fell far shorter than I would have liked at Regionals.  What happened?  I didn't know how to hurt.  In competition I needed to go out of my comfort zone, to race beyond my steady pace, and I couldn't do it.  I pretty much freaked out, and spent at least one workout thinking about whether anyone would notice if I put down my bar and walked away.

In 2013 I did much better, but I still didn't really learn the lesson.  I trained harder, my skills got better, I got a little stronger, and my comfort zone got a little faster.  I let my fitness hurt on a more consistent basis, but I trained super volume.  I could hurt pretty badly at a moderate pace for three to four workouts per day, but I couldn't really sprint.  I still couldn't deal with the Fran-style, soul crushing burn that results from truly going all out, so I didn't, and in three different workouts I missed the Games by one second or one rep because I hadn't prepared to go all the way to my limit.

Now, with 2015 approaching, and my first GRID match behind me, I am fully convinced that the magic of high intensity interval training lies in actually pushing to our limits (and it turns out I actually can do far more than I realized when in an atmosphere where I have no option.  So I should probably approach workouts with that mindset more often).  In the beginning stages, this means learning to move really really ridiculously well.  Beginners don't have the strength or fitness to race or go for PRs, but they absolutely have the ability to learn impeccable technique, and a wise beginner will focus nearly all of their energy on laying a solid foundation for all the fitness that will ensue.  Intermediate athletes need to learn to pace and strategize - learning how to maximize your strength, skill and fitness to stay within your limits and not explode after the first round is a highly valuable asset which will enable you to reach a more competitive level.  Advanced athletes need to GO SO HARD day in and day out, but not in terms of volume as it seems so many believe.  At an advanced level, it's necessary to push to the limit, to actually learn how much you can take, to push through the burn, and let your fitness hurt more than you knew it could.  Accept the struggle.  Get stronger.  Long slow volume training gets you ready to do long slow volume training, but you have to race in order to race.  Try to win.  Do longer sets.  Go out way too fast and try to hang on.  [Critical note: At no point or level should you push through injury, and as you're learning if you're not sure if it's ok pain or bad pain, err on the side of caution.]

GO SO HARD.

WOD for 02-11-15:

Back Squat:
2-2-2-2-2

-then-

For Time:
40 Calorie Row
40 Walking Lunge
40 Box Jump @ 24/20 in
40 Wall Ball @ 20/14 lbs to 10/9 ft


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