I took a deep breath, tensed my legs, and put all the strength I had into throwing the bar up into the sky. It was no use. Not only did I fail to hit my previous calculated max, but it had dropped today by almost 15 pounds.
On the way home I grasped for something positive to take from the workout. I realized that I had barely thought about one of my middle-weight warmup sets on the bench, 5x145. I flashed back to my first flirtation with weight training in college, when I could barely get a single rep at 145 despite having the same body weight. Even on a slow day, I easily put up a warmup lift that I couldn't have done at 100% effort a few years ago.
The people with the greatest drive are often their own worst critics. This sphere is full of people (myself included) telling you you should always strive for better, but it is important to occasionally step back and reflect on your accomplishments. What do I know today that I didn't know a year ago? What can I do today that I could do a year ago?
A year ago, I had no idea what a triangle choke was. I couldn't deadlift 350 pounds. I didn't own a juicer. I'd never approached a girl during the day. And I didn't have a blog.
A programmer friend of mine once said "if you're not embarrassed about the code you wrote 6 months ago, you're not learning enough." For some reason, this stuck with me as a life philosophy. As long as you can look backwards and marvel at something you couldn't do that now seems so easy, you are moving in the right direction.
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