3 weeks ago our group was told we could take our individual physical proficiency test (IPPT) when we headed back to camp for a briefing. I and most of the officers gladly chose to sign up for it, for some obvious reasons haha. I decided that despite a short timeline I would try out to aim to get a Gold. Something I had not have since my active days 10 years ago.
Long story short, we found out days before that it was canned. I definitely was disappointed because I didn’t want all that training to go to naught. Quickly I chose to book a test at one of the more challenging locations, where I had not managed to get a gold in the last 5 attempts.
So I had created a training programme with little or no experience in following one, and tried to get the shortest route to meet my targets to get gold, which I now felt was more achievable.
First I did not have breakfast.
Push ups were a disappointment. On my first attempt I only had 30 counted pushups . My average was 50-55 when I did it regularly.
Sit-ups, I did 33. My average maxed out at 40.
From my training, the fastest I have reached was 9:08.
I clocked a 10:14.
In totally I had of 82 points, just missing gold by 3 points.
From my training I thought that had prepared myself mentally. Here’s why I think I did not get my Gold.
1. Lack of sticking through the training programme religiously.
– as much as I can give excuses on how busy I was and how many things got in the way. The fact remains that I was only about 50% close to the schedule. The last few days before the IPPT I let it slip.
2. Lack of preparation for race day.
A few things I could have done better. Slept a little earlier. Had breakfast earlier. Then I wouldn’t have run out of energy. I could have reached camp earlier. The wait was dreadful and it was energy sapping too.
3. Lack of a winners mentality
I did not PUSH hard enough. No other way to put it or excuse to give. Mentally I had relaxed.
So what am I going to do to redeem myself?
1. Try again
I plan to book the next test next week.
2. Train hard
Need to nail the key activities like push ups and sit-ups. Then the run requirements will be less intensive
3. Be prepared for race day
Sleep earlier, wake up earlier, have breakfast early.
4. Push an additional 10% on race day
If I work for it, I will get my gold, I believe I will. Hoo yah.