When I was growing up, I played the piano.
For an hour a day, I was expected to practice. I was sent to the living room to stare at the keyboard. The timer on the stove was set to keep track of my time.
I wanted to play the piano. I really did. But I also wanted it to come easily to me. And it didn’t. I also wanted to do a lot of other things, and sitting on that bench an hour a day sometimes felt extremely lonely. I would wait for the time to tick away, wishing that I could play beautifully without putting in the time and effort.
Now that I look back, I regret wasting so much time wishing for something to happen, rather than taking action to MAKE it happen.
How many times have I heard people say, “I wish I knew then what I know now.” It’s so true.
Why the deep philosophical commentary? My WOD this morning, of course!
35 double unders
Today was my interval day, and I saw this WOD somewhere and thought — Oooh! double unders! Here’s a good way to work in practice! (Because I want to do Annie RX one day.)
I took the timer outside and set it to 25 minutes, thinking I would be so slow at double unders that I wouldn’t finish. I also started off doing the same thing I did last week and counting my failed double under attempts.
But after round 1, I realized I didn’t have to do that. In fact, my double unders were a heck of a lot better. What’s more, I set a PR for unbroken double unders — 18!
I’ve been working on double unders and pullup strength nearly very day for the past month or more. I’ve been WANTING to do both for years and “working” on them sporadically — a workout here or there — but I’ve never put in a concerted effort. Until now.
So the lesson for me has been: if I really want something, I have to work for it.
I wonder what I can accomplish if I apply that to all aspects of my life….