Two valuable lessons on one sucky day

frustrated Yesterday sucked. I guess sometimes you learn your most valuable lessons on your worst days…

First of all, my manager at work had a project in mind that I finally got a chance to tackle. I know next to nothing about that area of our product but somehow managed to get it working last Friday. On Monday, it was completely broken. I tried many ways to figure out what I had done to break it but all I found was new problems. At 9:30 last night I realized the breakage was caused by product bugs and not by my incompetence in the area. I went to bed frustrated for what felt like an incredible waste of time. But in the end, the process of troubleshooting uncovered several product issues. Why should I be frustrated about that? That is the whole point of my job!  I need to remember that sometimes the process is even more valuable than the end result.

Then, of course, I was reminded of the importance of taking care of my muscles after every workout. I can work through some pretty bad soreness but my calf muscles are beyond that. Today’s workout includes box jumps again so I can’t go. I hate missing box jumps. After all, if I didn’t like jumping then I picked the wrong sport to play year round for most of my adult life. I am missing wall balls too which I really want to work on before the games. I feel pissed. Yesterday I sat around all day sulking because I could barely walk and couldn’t go in to work on my Olympic lifts. Today, I am going to do a workout on my own. It is infinitely harder to get the same intensity when you are by yourself but I will just have to find it in me to do exactly that.

Today’s workout:
100 pull ups (kipping)
100 push ups
100 sit ups

Time: TBD. I’ll post it after I do it.


  1. Amy Said,

    May 21, 2010 @ 9:04 am

    Don’t be too bummed out. Sometimes when you go super hard or heavy, it just takes a while to recover from that. Doesn’t mean you did anything wrong. Are you sure the strict schedule is the best way to go? It might just be making you feel guilty and pushing you to work out when you really do need to rest.

    You’ve been making huge gains lately, especially in strength. That extra wear and tear on your body might mean you need to work out less often – 6 days a week does not leave much time for recovery. Robb Wolf has some interesting insights on overtraining in his podcasts/posts, might be worth checking out. I can’t say what’s right for you, I’m not making the kind of gains you are! But just keep it all in perspective, you’re doing so great right now.

  2. Karen Ramirez Said,

    May 22, 2010 @ 8:28 am

    Thank you Amy! Yeah, Tim sorta talked me into toning it down. I now have a “schedule” with one light day and one day totally off but the plan is to play it by ear. If I need a break like this week I will take it. I might not necessarily be happy about it but… hehehe.

    What is helping a lot is to try to start thinking longer term instead of just thinking about California. Like where could I get between now and next summer instead of how much better can I get in the next month.

    I will check out Robb Wolf. The more I learn the better. See you tomorrow at LuluLemon!

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