So what is the big deal?
The big deal is the approach the Soldier takes toward the test. Not the approach in preparation but their approach in execution. A brief description of the Soldier’s approach follows:
(1) Some of the soldiers did not complete the maximum number of push ups and had 30 seconds remaining when they stopped. One only required another 10 repetitions to max this part of the test. Several of them stated they were saving energy for the impending run.
One comrade provided an argument for pacing and saving energy for later events. He stated, if I go all out on the sit ups, I will burn out before the time is up and not achieve a perfect score. Well, that is fine if you are able to achieve the perfect score. When you consistently fail to reach that score, if ever, it is time to try another tactic.
If you train hard, failure becomes increasingly difficult. It comes down to confidence. The difference between those that are successful in any event and those that also ran just to get the tee shirt is confidence. Successful people are confident because they conduct adequate preparation. When it is time for the big event, they don’t think, they just do.
Quitting is a big deal! Quitting should leave you feeling guilty. If it doesn’t you need to do some soul searching. Quitting on yourself regardless of improvement negates all of the hard work you complete in preparation of an event. Quitting brings regret along with this thought, “What if I would have (fill in the blank).” What if you didn’t quit? You just might be successful!
Yoda said it right when training Luke Skywalker, “Do, or do not. There is no try.” The timed events only have a two minute time limit. This means that burning pain will subside very soon. Overcoming the pain is as simple once you realize it is only temporary. Just close your eyes and go until told to stop. Leave it all on the field. Lance Armstrong once said, “Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.”
Today's Workout(s) - increased intensity.
AM: 5 rounds of Pullup x 5, Push up x 20, bw squat x 20
PM: Other paricipants - Dan and Shane.
Jerk (2x24K) 5x5 - Dan did presses with the same weight, he is nursing a strained calf.
Kettlebell Swings - Tabata
Note to self: drink more water!