For some, this is a really exciting and motivating season.
For me, it's kind of been a discouraging one:
1. I was sick with flu right before 13.1, which would have been a really awesome workout for me. I love burpees and am fairly efficient with my technique, and I've also put in a ton of time on my Olympic lifts. My score was still alright, but not what I know it could have been if I did the WOD healthy.
I was so upset with myself on Saturday morning (after 13.2) that I could hardly think anything except "I suck at CrossFit." I had to fight myself to work on my skills. I kept thinking, "Why bother? I suck at this, too, even after working on it for months." I actually cried on the way to the grocery store!!!
From talking to a few other CrossFit athletes, it seems I may not be the only one having a "Woe Is Me" season. With that in mind, I thought I would share a few tips that are helping me work through my frustration with my limitations.
- Talk to your coach. I spent a while sobbing my broken little CrossFit heart out to Jared on Saturday. He had some really good insight, reminding me what my strengths are in the gym, and helping me to refocus on the fact that ultimately I am only competing against myself, and when it comes to that, I have beat my old self pretty handily!
|I love this guy|
- Keep your goals realistic. You should definitely see improvement from last year or even a couple months ago, but chances are your body is not going to do any magic for you in five short weeks. Don't set yourself up for disappointment - if you aren't even one of the best athletes at your box...you probably aren't gonna make top 100 in the region. Tailor the goals to what YOU can do (don't make your placement the only goal). For me I need to stick with my first goal of a score of "1." Everything else this year is icing on the cake!
|7 minutes of burpees in 12.1 last year|
- Focus on how you've improved since the previous Open. For me, one of my biggest areas of improvement is my pullups. Last year, I couldn't do ONE without a band. In the summer I got my first dead-hang pullup, followed shortly by my first kipping pullup. Recently I performed a WOD that included 39 kipping pullups! Make a list for yourself comparing "Where I Was" to "Where I Am."
- Remember that CrossFit is not the be all and end all of life. Chances are you have a few other interests and talents in your life. Think outside The Box!!! Don't spend every free moment reading about the Games and tips to do better and obsessing about your diet and strategizing your reps. Read a book! Hang out with a non-CrossFitting friend (these people are so sane and fun)! Eat a doughnut! Catch up on your favorite TV show!
- Continue training and stick to your OTHER CrossFit goals throughout the Open season. Chances are you had something you were working on before the Open (double-unders, a power clean PR, your first muscle-up). Since most of us aren't going to the Games, or even Regionals, we shouldn't ignore all the other work we want to do in favor of totally zeroing in on the five workouts of the Open. If you were coming to class early to work on skills or strength, keep it up and track your progress!
|Working on my strict press|
You tell me - what are your goals for the 2013 CrossFit Open? Are you totally pumped and inspired this year, or struggling with comparisons and discouragement like me? How do you stay sane and not let CrossFit doubts crush you?