I never look ahead at the workouts...
but for some reason on Tuesday evening when I was looking for my WOD I let myself "peek" at the WOD for Wednesday and Thursday...
Well. I shouldn't have done that.
There they are first thing Thursday morning...FIRST THING...Muscle ups. It was an EMOM - 2-5 muscle ups + 30 double unders in minute 1! You've got to be kidding me.
Doesn't Jami know that I can't do muscle ups at 6:15 am? And then it started. Not on purpose. Not all the time. But for the next day and a half I had little moments of panic...I had to do muscle ups first thing in the morning.
In the gym on Wednesday I would randomly look at the rings and think to myself how am I going to do this?
My success rate on morning muscle ups averages 40-50%. This isn't the first time I've had to deal with these same emotions. I've had to do morning muscle ups before. And for some reason I can't explain, they just don't come out to play that early.
Wednesday was very nicely a complete rest day. So, I did exactly as I was told. Nothing. I ate food, good food, every 2-3 hours. I didn't move a muscle. I didn't jump rope. I didn't enter in any handstand walking races. I didn't stretch or move. I rested.
It's 5:13 am Thursday: I walk into the gym and I can feel their presence. I am alone and I actually speak out loud, "Hi rings, I know you're there, I can't see you, but I can feel you, and you will not defeat me today!" As I flip the switches to turn the gym lights on I glance over at the Rogue Rig and they are hanging there waiting. Just like they do everyday!
I had a plan and a goal.
My plan was to do 2 reps for each of the 7 times this came around in the EMOM. I also wanted those reps to be consecutive. No more one at a time, I am better than that and there is no reason I can't get two in a row.
During warm up and stretch I was quiet and withdrawn...luckily my workout partner knows me well enough that he knows when to just leave me be. During my entire warm-up I had to push the trash from my head and just kept speaking to the rings! "You will not defeat me!" "We are in this together!" "Today is the day I get past this!"
Now, you may think this is a little crazy and I agree it was an extreme measure but we are 28 days from the open. And I have got to gain the confidence in my head and just let my body do what it wants to do and knows how to do. I am willing to take whatever measure it takes to get there...even if it means sitting in a dark room talking to an inanimate object when I am all by myself.
Today I beat the rings.
2,2,1,2,2,2,1= 12 MU in the WOD.
My goal was 14.
So when the WOD was over, I did 2 more.
In all of my 7 attempts at my muscle ups I strung two together - failing in round 3 to get the second rep and in round 7. My grade on morning muscle ups went from a top score of 50% to 87.5%!!!
Good morning rings, I will not let you defeat me...