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    Quote Originally Posted by Strega View Post
    Well you could look at that way. I just know as a kid growing up in chess, that I had to learn to lose to a master, before I learned to draw and finally to win. Knocking if off incrementally creates the mental space for the next level. That lift was half way up so let’s call it the draw, for sure you’ll get the win. Of course there are limits to breaking down barriers. If I play the world champion my winning probability is only 5%. I could play 1000 games against him and I’m pretty sure my probability is still at 5%.
    In other words, if you never fail, you're not pushing yourself hard enough.

    Maybe I should call it a Pyhrric victory. Especially in the sense that "one other such pull would utterly undo me", to paraphrase Plutarch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmynhier View Post
    In other words, if you never fail, you're not pushing yourself hard enough.

    I would say “yes” and more.


    I’ll try to make this my last post as I don’t want to spam your log. I’m not a “new age” thinker type or anything along those lines but I strongly believe that knowing what you are capable of and what you are not capable of creates the space for greater achievements. There are statistics “Everest 1922 - 2006 Age, Success and Fatalities.”

    Fatalities by Age

    0-29 1.86%
    30-39 1.66%
    40-49 1.47%
    50-74 1.59%

    So my thesis is the older climbers have “achieved” more meaningful failures and better understand what they are capable of and what they are not. This translates to a higher survival rate allowing them to climb more peaks over a longer career. Where the younger climbers have not learned to use failure to fine tune their progression yet.

    Sorry on the Plutarch quote I'm just not familiar with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strega View Post
    Sorry on the Plutarch quote I'm just not familiar with it.
    Wikipedia is your friend here:

    The armies separated; and, it is said, Pyrrhus replied to one that gave him joy of his victory that one other such victory would utterly undo him.

     Plutarch, Life of Pyrrhus
    I vaguely remembered the quote, but couldn't have told you it was Plutarch before looking it up.

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    Default 2016/02/11 -- Medium Day

    Squats: 270x5x3
    Chins: 6x5
    Dips: 6/6/6/6/6/3

    Squats (6 minutes rest):

    270x5: IMG 2813 - YouTube
    270x5: IMG 2814 - YouTube
    270x5: IMG 2815 - YouTube

    Chins:

    As 3x(2x5). 1 minute rest inside the parentheses, 7 minutes outside.

    Dips:

    As 2x(3x6), 1 minute, 7 minutes. Except, of course, that I only got 3 reps on the last set.

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    Default 2016/02/13 -- Heavyish Day

    Squats: 135x5, 185x5, 235x5, 275x5, 305x5
    Bench: 207.5x4,3 205x4, 200x4, 165x10

    Squats:

    No videos. This was an abbreviated workout due to time constraints, so I used the early sets as my warmup (after starting with the bar). I'm traveling for a week for work, so I wanted to get at least one heavy set in before I go. No real rest through 235, 5 minutes before 275, 8 minutes before 305.

    Bench (8 minutes rest):

    I'm not sure if I've hit a plateau or if I just didn't have enough rest after dips on Thursday. I'll see how I do after my rest week.

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    Default 2016/02/16 -- Travel workout

    DB Press: 30x10, 35x10, 40x8, 35x10, 30x10
    DB Rows: 40x10x5

    Not much of a fitness center in the hotel, but they do have dumbbells, so I did some press and rows. DB press was a little harder than expected, I'm guessing because of the different mechanics of pressing two independent weights.

    I did notice, however, that there's some sort of contraption on which I can do dips and chins, so I'll probably do those next time.

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    Default 2016/02/18 -- More travel workout

    Chins: 5/5/5/5/5/3 (meant to do 3x(2x5))
    Dips: 6x5 (as 3x(2x5))

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    Default 2016/02/21 -- post travel workout

    A bit worn out from traveling yesterday, so just a light workout today:

    Squats: 135x5, 185x5, 225x5x3
    Bench: 170x10,10,9.9,8

    Squats:

    I did these pretty quickly, just 2 minutes rest between (the top) sets.

    Bench:

    5 minutes rest between sets, which may not have been sufficient. I was shooting for 170x10x4. I just couldn't lock out the .9 rep, so had to lower it to the pins.

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    Default 2016/02/22 -- conditioning

    I did some intervals on the assault bike.

    5 minutes warmup
    5x:30/1:30
    5 minutes cool down

    My "assault bike" is actually my 20-year old racing bike set up on the indoor trainer I had for it. (Yeah, I used to be a cyclist. But Rip used to play soccer, so I don't feel so bad.)

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    Default 2016/02/23

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    Squats: 255x5x3
    Press: 120x4x4

    4 minutes rest on squats, 8 on press. My original intention was to do 120x6x4, but I was really tired today for some reason. I'll just restart from my last 120x4x4, which was just a couple of press workouts ago.

    On squats, I'm going to work my way back up (LP in big steps) to maybe 305 before resuming HLM on those.

    Press videos:

    120x4: IMG 2818 - YouTube
    120x4: IMG 2819 - YouTube
    120x4: IMG 2820 - YouTube
    120x4: IMG 2821 - YouTube
    Last edited by Chad Mynhier; 02-24-2016 at 07:23 AM. Reason: Videos.

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