I suppose the lucid answer would be to tell yourself, "Oh well, there's always next week". But today...
Today was chest/back day for me. I've been making great progress so far, due in large part to a lot of great advice I've gotten here. I've been upping my lifts by 5-10 lbs per week, and hitting it damn near every week on every exercise too. Now I had a particular goal in mind, one that was perfectly reasonable too btw, for bench press. Why oh why do we guys put so much importance on this one stupid lift? Anyway, the short version of this goes...last week I managed to up my lift to that goal, a full 2 weeks ahead of schedule. BUT, I was only able to get the first 2 sets, the third one killed me. On about the second rep I had to dump it in the floor. Ok, no biggie I tell myself. Drop the weight by 5 lbs and finish the 3rd set. No problemo.
All week, ALL I could think about was that lift. I just KNEW I'd nail it. Well today was the day. First set I made it. Second set I was struggling so hard that on the 6th rep it was all I could do to push one side up on the the rack, move my other hand over and force the other side up. LOL. Geez.... So I decide to go for the 3rd set. To quote Arnie in "Last Action Hero", that was a big mistake. I get to about the 2nd rep, barely lift it. I go for the third and can't do it. At all. Even a little. Damnit! I was grunting and hissing and foaming at the mouth, yelling "MOVE YOU CHEAP MOTHER FOCKER!! UP!!! UP!! GO DAMN YOU!!!! ROAR!!!". Maybe it sounds dumb, and I'm sure it looked hilarious, but I was just so determined. Well, sadly I had to dump it. I couldn't believe it! I even upped my protien the past few days so I'd be sure to hit it. I was LIVID. My blood was absolutely boiling with rage! I wanted to smash something (HULK SMASH!!!), and I'm not normally like that. ARRRR!!!!
Well...good news is that all my lifts went up (aside from that one) by 5 lbs as usual. And my deadlift....well...it went up by 30 freakin' lbs!!! Not sure how I pulled that one off, but I felt like puking afterward. My back hurts a bit now too, but not in an "ouch I hurt myself way", just in the "OMG I lifted HEAVY" way.
So I guess I just have to tell myself like I said in the beginning, I'm ahead of "schedule" as it is and there is always next week. Sigh. Meanwhile, all that anger gave me a really good workout. So I suppose it wasn't a total loss.
You guys (and gals) have days like this? How do you handle it? If I don't hit this goal next week, I swear I'm gonna come unglued.