Today I maxed my power clean 10 pounds from 2 weeks ago. I probably could have done more but didn’t have the time.
Yesterday we did 5 x 5 back squats at 80%. I was dreading this, thinking it would be tough and unsure I would be able to do the whole set. I ended up ADDING weight because I felt it too light!
I maxed my power snatch earlier this week as well.
Every time we do percentages on the olympic lifts, I always go higher because I rarely max and so am unsure what my true max weight is.
I know this is a mental game for me. I always think “it’s too heavy.” Or “I can’t do this.” And overcoming that is a challenge for me.
I have to tell myself to “trust the process” and “I can do this” every time I approach my max weight in a WOD.
Still, knowing all of this doesn’t make any of it any easier. So little by little, I increase my maxes so when something does show up I think, “I can do this because I’ve done it once before.”
I’m stronger than I think. That’s my mantra.