it is occasionally a beautiful thing to be this wrong…

weighted bear crawls @ 2×35# dumbells. 800m.

it was supposed to be a mile.

within 20 feet i realized my mistake, realized that i had underestimated the work – overestimated my ability…

these are the moments i seek. moments when things get a little ugly. when you have to eat your words. when the dark voices have the weight and timber of another person, an attitude and a persuasiveness that must be fought with wits and will.

the first lap took 30 minutes. the second – 34. large angry blisters had formed, i was afraid to look – afraid it might be bad enough to make me quit. not “make” me quit. i knew it was hurt, not injury. that it wasnt going to be much worse if i finished. that the damage was done… no, i was afraid of an excuse to quit.

but now that its over, i need to review. what was the use of such a workout? my body is no where near as sore as those angry red holes in my hands… yes, the work was hard – but was it worth it?

for the first few years of someones training, everything works. in the beginning training is most often used as a tool for behavior modification – harder and harder workouts build confidence, increase tolerance and continually redefine words like “tired”, “heavy” and “hard”… eventually though, hard is no longer enough. working harder often looks like progress  – but eventually you must ask if you are working hard in the right direction….

be critical. i would not repeat this workout. i would not prescribe it. i am going to do it with bodyweight for 1/4 mile. that should be more strain on my body, less tearing on my hands, and likely the same time frame (maybe a little shorter) . while i do not have a specific fitness goal, i do not want to fall into the trap of “hard for hards sake”. difficulty can serve as a distraction from progress. sometimes we work hard to hide from questions we are afraid to answer.  we sometimes work hard to avoid progress – to avoid changing…

harder workouts are different right? i am getting better right?  it cant be a plateau, i don’t need a change….

meaningful training.  intelligent training.

work hard. question everything.

is it worth the cost?

is it making me better?

if not, fucking change it.
in the end, there are questions to be answered. am i closer to my goal, or further away? was this useful? was this worth it? what now?