I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a fan of cutting the bull and speaking frankly with you. We’ve all been there. It’s inescapable. It’s part of the process. To be honest, if you never have a shit day in training then you’re not training hard enough. Improvement comes from failure, striving and growth.
I’ll admit, it’s massively frustrating.
But like pain in the body, days like those are usually a warning light. It’s your body telling you something. You need to pay attention to your routine and self regulation so that when you think about it, you’re aware of any changes. Often times, particularly if you’ve been on an upward streak of success (making it all the more disheartening and confusing when you fail), it’s because you’ve overdone it. You need rest, or your nutrition is not on point. You are guilty of over training, which I will cover in more detail in further posts. This is most common coming up to a competition, particularly if a weight cut is required (which in many cases it is). The body is willing but physically unable.
It could be that mentally something is bothering you , or something has happened in your life that you chose to shrug off and not mentally address. Now is a good time to step back and face it. To realise that what has happened is effecting you. Often this realisation is enough for you to see how vital it is for you to practise acceptance, even if it’s just acceptance of the feelings produced and to move on.
If you’ve hit a plateau it could be that upon reflection you’re committing the same mistakes without addressing any solutions. The crappy day is more likely to highlight the gaps in your knowledge you might never have even been aware of. Your body and training session has given you homework. Use it as an opportunity to see real progress and increase your abilities to a point far higher than what they were before. It’s normal to hit a dip along the plateau, that gives you the momentum to break through it all together.
Understanding these markers a bit better can turn a crap day at training into a brilliant tool. As my dad always said, he would only point out the mistakes. “Why should I tell you what you’re doing right? You’re doing it right already. Why point out something unless it needs to be changed?”
And you know what? Sometimes a crappy session is just that, a crappy session. And there is no clear explanation. At times like that you just have to accept it and move on. Tomorrow is another day. What you can’t let yourself do is think back on it and feel sorry for yourself. That doesn’t help you at all. We’ve all been there. No it’s not fun. But you’re not the only one. Sometimes we fall into the trap of thinking, “no one is as crap as me, no one is moving as slowly as me or making the mistakes I am”. Guarantee there is someone out there who is. This kind of self comparison is especially the case when surrounded by talented and accomplished people. Let me promise you something. They’ve had the exact same problem. Every. single. one. The reason why they appear talented and accomplished is because they persevered past those days. And so should you.
Nerves are also a big factor that can cause you to not be yourself and should not be analysed further than the point of, that’s not me but it’s done. I’ll cover this in more detail in another post.
So chin up my friend. Keep on fighting. Keep on pushing and see every step of your journey build you as a warrior.
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How do you deal with a shit day at training ?