I’ve made no secret about the reality that weightlifting comes with its natural ups and downs. Yesterday was not exactly what I would call an up day. That’s just part of the sport. Bad days happen, you move on from them, and train anyways. It would be easy for me to point to one circumstance or another that caused the bad day yesterday but there’s certainly no way of knowing.
Multiple times people have asked me how I deal with bad days or if I have bad lifting days. For those of you out there who know what that feels like or had the expectation of a really good day and that does not come to fruition, trust one basic principle. Those who work hard consistently and over a longer period of time will achieve positive results. There is no such thing as a athlete who works his tail off and gets worse. You can trust that axiom to be faithful.
However, while I may have had a bad day many of my lifting companions did not. Check out this 166 clean and jerk from Marco Coppola. The first video is his first attempt where he missed the clean because of some small technical errors that we identified. He adapted, adjusted and smokes the second attempt. Bad days happen. We move on from then because we know that is just a part of the sport.