Sunday, February 1, 2009
Grace Challenge Finals
Back in the beginning of December, we hit the beginning of our Grace Challenge. The idea was to choose a weight, train 8 weeks, and then hit the same workout with the same weight again, and look for improvement. Now, there was a bit more to it of course as Jerry also put money on the line for the best man and woman in the pro and elite categories, as well as the most improved.
During our initial trial run, I decided to go elite and use 100 pounds for the Grace Challenge. For those of you who aren't familiar with Grace, or who have a hard time keeping all the ladies in line, Grace looks like this.
Clean and jerk
I love shoulder/upper body work because next to my tongue, my shoulders are probably the strongest muscles in my body. Honestly. So, the Grace Challenge seemed right up my alley. In our trial run I somehow managed to bust out a 4:48. I was pretty pleased with that, seeing as how the CF ninjas do it in about 2:30 with less weight than what I used. I was pretty happy with that.
Going into the finals today though, I was really nervous. I really didn't want to go slower, and I'll admit, I went in with the fastest elite time and I really wanted to win. I know that at times I'm too competitive for my own good, but for once, just once, I wanted to be on top of the white board.
I went in and just hit it hard. I busted out a 4:07 with 100 lbs. I was really happy with that, and thought to myself, that maybe, just maybe I might actually win this thing. That was until our uber athlete hit the bar a few minutes later, and then just basically kicked my ass. That was frustrating. It's not that I'm not happy that I went faster or PR'd, but it was a challenge. It was a competition, and GD I wanted to win.
I know I posted that whole thing about PR's the other day, and I know it seems like I'm going against my whole thing, I'm not. Really, you shouldn't compare your output to someone else's in a workout. Having said that though, today was actually about competing. It's not like today was just another workout. And just for once, I wanted to actually sit on the top of the white board. I know that's retarded because that's not what CF is really for. CF is for making yourself better, which I did, but just once I wanted that, and I was really bummed that it didn't get to happen. It's a frustrating feeling sometimes when your best is just not good enough. I know I'm more competitive than I should be about this, but like I said, sometimes I am too competitive for my own good.
Tomorrow will be back to business as usual....