Patrick, in a perfect lifting world, you would have excellent technique and always make your targeted lifts. In otherwords, warm up, advance up the scale, do what you set out to do and then stop. Otherwise, you proceed accordingly, doing what you can accomplish at that time, while making logical decisions as to when "enough is enough, when to stop or when to keep pushing." I believe when the Bulgarian system is at its best, expecially with adept lifters, multiple sessions are performed daily at a crisp pace with the least amount of lifts performed. Otherwise, if you tend to pound away, miss after miss and that becomes your signature, then the chances of burnout becomes greater and you get too use to failure.
Patrick,Abajiev states to the effect that misses are not necessarily bad training. Well, what does he mean, what is he trying to say? I think that you, just like me, have to figure that out for any particular occasion when that situation arises. Maybe you see something that leads you to believe that success is a whisper away. Maybe the focus was at first missing. Maybe confidence is gaining and by attempting just one more time success will come. Lots of maybes can come to the fore, don't you think? I am sure that others reading this thread may decide to jump in with their two cents. For my money you (the coach or the lifter) must believe that attempting this weight is valid, is ready. And just as assuredly you have to be ready to put the brakes on within a reasonable distance. Personally, I have stopped attempts after just one try. Other times I have let them go on three, four, fives times, etc and seen success. Something led me to believe that it was there ready to emerge. And just as often nothing on God's green earth could get me to believe that pushing on would produce anything other than failure. And often times the lifter must not be denied the chance to push his/her envelope. After all it is up to the individual to reach where he wants to go. It is that "internal thing" that "championship drive" that only a very few possess that must be satiated. Just don't delude yourself. Know yourself. Know your limitations. Be dogged. But, if you don't have it today, don't lose sight, it will come. Steve
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