Enter WOD 3, aka “The Most Uncomfortable WOD I’ve Ever Done”
Going into this workout I thought we would do relatively well. Though I wasn’t expecting to win (especially as I’d never used a prowler before), I figured we were both strong and would have an easier time pushing it, right? Yeah… that didn’t exactly happen.
Sally was awesome, running the prowler out and back every round, but after round 2 I was having trouble keeping the damn thing moving, let alone being able to run with it. I’d spent all summer training my strength, but most of that was low volume/high weights (think sets of 5 reps or less), and I was not prepared for 12 minutes of “Death by Prowler Push.”
The Take-Away Lesson
I was disappointed in myself for not being able to keep up and push through (we came in 2nd to last out of all the teams for WOD 3), but I learned far more from getting my ass kicked in the prowler WOD than I did from destroying the squat workout because it showed me exactly what needed the most work:
- Muscular Endurance
- Mental Toughness
I have about 3 weeks between now and my next competition (the Taranis Titan Challenge), and I intend use that time to attack my weaknesses and be as prepared as I can be. I really hope I do better at the next competition (who wouldn’t?), and that I manage to address my current weaknesses; however, chances are there will be another horrible WOD that reveals a different glaring weakness.
So… 2 Things to Keep in Mind
1. A disappointing competition performance isn’t necessarily a bad thing
because it can help us grow as athletes if we understand how to use/learn from the experience,
2. Remember to have fun with it
(even if a competition doesn’t go our way) because in the end if we aren’t enjoying ourselves, it isn’t worth it.