Life, Training

Good impatience vs bad impatience – let the battle commence.

So recently I started weight lifting and long story short, it turns out there is a lot more to it than just chucking around heavy things. Who knew?

I’ve never really been a fan of the gym, however due to the calf injury (have I moaned about that enough yet?) I am having to find new ways to train. A wise man once said to me “strong things don’t break” (cheers Steve) so here I am trying to get strong.

The only problem is, I’m not even close to being a pro at weight lifting. I don’t know about technique and even had to google “what is a squat rack?” The final nail in the coffin was when I walked into a PT session yesterday and my trainer (wise man Steve) said “tonight is about Abby proofing you”. It turns out I could actually do myself damage by weight lifting incorrectly, another lesson learnt.

The thing is, I get really frustrated when I can’t nail something straight away. Deadlifts last night were a prime example, “why can’t my body just do it?”

I’ve always been a bit like that. Once I’ve got something in my head, that’s it; I’m doing it. No waiting around. I either do something 100% or not at all.

It’s then that battle between good impatience and bad impatience begins.

Good impatience says, “it takes time to learn new things, listen to the experts, work smart and you’ll get there.”

Bad impatience says, “go, go, go. SMASH, SMASH, SMASH. Blinkers on, let’s find the quickest way to get to that end goal.”

If I am honest, bad impatience probably wins the battle 60% of the time, it’s just too bloody enticing. But it’s not sustainable. It normally results in some sort of burn out, be that training, work or life wise.

But I’m working on letting good impatience win. Good impatience motivates me to train better, work smarter and dream bigger. Life’s too short not to.

So for now it’s okay to be a bit frustrated that I can’t bash out 10 chin-ups. Because I know, with a bit of good impatience, I’ll get there soon.

Currently: Full of homemade baked beans
Training today: Yoga
Adventure this week so far: Leading Project Awesome