Expectations

No bad day here; Zach nails a PR.

Last night was Cinco de Mayo. While most people have no idea what the Mexican holiday really celebrates, they certainly know how to celebrate it.  And that means alcohol. Lots and lots of it. Hey, holidays happen and that is nothing but good. The problem is the next day.

More than one person came to class today with groggy stories of very late bedtimes. And that is nothing but good too. The problem lies in unrealistic expectations. You aren’t always going to have a great training day. You aren’t always going to PR or even have a good time. Sometimes everything might be right–you got plenty of sleep, you got to the gym early and stretched and rolled, you are even wearing your favorite lifting socks, but it just doesn’t go your way. It’s going to happen, and that is completely natural. Cinco de Mayo celebrations make it a lot more likely that it may happen. Do not get down on yourself.

The key is to just roll with it. Any workout is better than none and sometimes just doing a workout can make you feel better. It can take a day that would have just been spent on the couch in a post Cinco de Mayo haze and make it a much better day.

The flip side is that sometimes you have great training days when you would have expected the complete opposite. I have seen hungover PRs, just took 1 week and half off PRs, didn’t get any sleep the night before PRs, and a lot of other incongruous PRs.

Of course good nutrition and sleep and that kind of stuff will tilt the odds of a good workout in your favor, but sometimes it just isn’t going to happen. Roll with it and just be happy that you are able to get to the gym for a class and do some lifts and a WOD, no matter how far off your best it may be. Don’t worry, the next class will be completely different.

What are some of your experiences with training after a Cinco de Mayo style night? Please post to Comments.

The weekend moment of might looks fun.

Workout:

Jerk

8×1 @ 85% 1RM

Then:

Workout (from Chris M):

AMRAP on 3 Minutes

3 Push Jerk 135/95#

6 Kettlebell Snatches (3 each hand) 53/35#

9 Pushups (do them plyometric style on 45# bumps)

Rest 1 minute and repeat for a total of 3 cycles.