Stuck On 8

8 pull ups was my max for way too long, then I changed up my routine.  I decided to do 20 pull ups/day 4-5 days a week.  Navy Seals have the 40% Rule: you can always do 40% of your last effort, always.  Fair enough.

I did 8, then 5, 3, 2, 1, 1.

Two weeks in, I cruised to 5 (normally where I start to struggle) and right past 8 to 9.  Pretty cool… since I’d been stuck on 8 for about a year.

Today I did 10.

For the last month or so, I’ve committed to push hard up the corkscrew on our TMWC ride… much of last year, I’d pull the plug rather than suffer that final 2 1/2 minutes of the ride.

I’ve been getting there a lot fresher and finishing it out strong… I’m guessing this helped me make the “A” group on Swami’s Long Saturday for the first time.

Makes ya wonder just how much of life can be affected by the 40% rule.

(I also wanted to do 50 push ups a day, but I figured that was not a stretch… I did 25, then 15, 10… between the pull up sets.)