Today is an off day from the gym. My lower back is a bit tender from yesterday’s deadlifting session so I will definitely get some yoga in this evening.
I also banged up a few fingers yesterday when I used them as the meat for a 35 lb. plate & 25 lb. plate sandwich. Just didn’t move them fast enough & BAM!!
My fingers were swollen for a few hours before finally subsiding.
During that same time Over the past 24 hours, the bruising has grown/gotten more pronounced & turned purple/black. Yesterday it was very painful trying to bend my pointer finger. Thankfully I can actually bend it today with no pain & it isn’t as crooked as it is in the picture.
Keep in mind I did this as I was loading the bar up for deadlifts yesterday. On my dominant hand.
Gripping the bar was going to be a painful experience. Deadlifts are difficult enough without having grip issues & throbbing fingers.
So I was faced with a choice: Quit or Address the situation & continue.
What to do????
That’s when I remembered a saying that I keep in the forefront of my mind on a regular basis: Become unstoppable by refusing to stop.
Here’s what I did.
- Got the bleeding to stop.
- Put a bandage over the area that had been bleeding.
- Applied a small ice/gel pack to the pointer finger & basically numbed it.
I then proceeded to do my first 5 rep set of deadlifts. The grip was a little funky on my right hand due to the fingers but my form was good.
During my 1-2 minute rest period I numbed my finger again. When the timer went off, I got myself mentally ready & did my next 5 rep set.
I repeated this for the next 3 sets of deadlifts.
Total – 4 “numbing” sessions
This doesn’t necessarily make me tough & I didn’t share this story to brag. Rather, I shared it to illustrate a point.
When confronted with the option of accepting only having done a partial workout & quitting (I had already done my squats, so why not?) or dealing with a little discomfort to get closer to achieving my goal, I chose the temporary pain.
What do you do when you are confronted with a challenge? Do you quit at the first sign of trouble? Do you give it a try but after a few setbacks throw in the towel?
Or do you become unstoppable by refusing to stop?