The regional workouts had been announced when I arrived for this visit with Sheila. One they are announced, her coach has her do a test run of each event so they can plan and prepare for the next 2 1/2 weeks of final training. Doing this helps to give him a good baseline so they know where she can improve leading up regionals and being able to give the best optimal performance on that competition floor.

There has been a lot of pros and cons to the announcements, especially given that there isn't a barbell movement, in any of them. Sheila actually likes the idea of going back to the origins. She said this is how Greg Glassman started, bare bones, using what was available to vary the workouts.

Her training has changed a bit from the normal all day schedule she has had leading up to this point. Now workouts are done to mimic what it will be like at regionals. This means the bullk of the work, running through the events as they are written, or in some varying degree, will be done in the afternoons. Of course she still has programming outside of this work, but the point is to make sure these movements are done over. And over. And over. The goal isn't to be perfect, the goal is to be able to perform them faster than 35 other women.

Today Sheila's Instagram post says this:

Decide what it is you want.

Write that shit down.

Make a plan.

And then...

Work on it.




After watching over and pushing Kyle Kasperbauer as he did Event 1, it's Sheila's turn to take on Event 5. She's already done the test runs of 1-4, and today she is completing 5 and 6.

5 didn't go as planned. In all seriousness, it should have gone exactly as planned. She isn't ready to talk about it when I ask her what went wrong. And that's okay. This is the time for her to get those hiccups out of the way. This is the time for her to shut down and get her head on the next event. This is the part that is real. This is the part the followers of elite athletes don't see. They don't see that challenges. Or when it doesn't go according to plan. They don't see athlete step away from anything that derails them for a bit. This is the time where the growth occurs. This is the time when she has to work on it. This is the time where the head goes down and she has to utilize every possible minute of that countdown she can.