Just me, myself and I
You should be your #1 fan.
The most powerful muscle in your body is not a muscle. It’s your brain. In order to reach your true potential, you have to have your mind right. With regards to CrossFit, GORUCK, Tough Mudder or anything else you are training for, it all starts in your head.
Read the following out loud: “I am awesome!”
Say it enough, believe it enough, and it will become a self fulfilling prophecy.
Even the Mayo Clinic is onboard:
Positive thinking helps with stress management and can even improve your health.
Here’s how I use positive thinking. Before each workout I tell myself I am going to destroy it. I tell myself I am not going to quit, and I’m excited to attack it. When I find myself on my butt during the workout, I tell myself “nice work, you are really pushing yourself today!”
Do not beat yourself up. Ever. There are enough other people out there who would be more than happy to do that for you. You are awesome, and you are unique. It’s your responsibility to manage yourself, and make sure that you reach your full potential. It begins by telling yourself that you believe in yourself. It may take some convincing (took me a while to get there). But you will come around, and when you do, you will see significant performance gains in your fitness, work, family and all other aspects of your life.
You are awesome, and tomorrow you will be more awesome. Tell yourself that every day.
Go download this timer app now: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pushpress-timer/id826016623?mt=8
Seriously, this app is awesome. I have 3 other timer apps that I paid for, and 2 others that were free. This one is the best by far. Easy to use, clearly made by CrossFit people. It has basic stopwatch with a built in time cap, AMRAP, TABATA all built in and very easy to modify to get to what ever time scheme you are going for.
Plus they put in some nice (and kinda funny) words of encouragement, like when you are done it says “Great work!”.
Seriously, it works awesome, it looks awesome and it sounds awesome. Go get this app right now if you have an iOS device.
Thank you PushPress.com!
My goal for the Open 14.2 workout was to make the second round. That meant I needed 40 reps in round one. I got 35. Damn it. Judging by the amount of “Fran Lung” I have right now, I feel like I left it all out there and just came up short.
Looking back, the one change I could make is to go just a touch slower on the overhead squats (OHS). I knew OHS was going to be my strength, and the chest to bar pull ups were going to get me. So I came out as fast as I could go on the OHS, and half way through I fell down. Just lost my balance. That cost me some time and at least a couple reps. I did the second set unbroken with very little trouble.
I had a few no reps in there, which were legit calls, so no complaints.
Overall, this was a super exciting wod, and is very motivating for me to train harder. I know I can get out of round one. I’m so close.
If you do CrossFit, you will fail at something. What I have found is that the longer I’ve been doing CrossFit, the more often I find myself on my butt. I think this is due to the fact that this training gets you much more comfortable with pushing yourself.
When I started out, I was very nervous about hitting my red line. I would load less weight on the bar in an effort to play it smart. I would pace myself, and focus on getting through. And every once in a while I’d tempt fate so to speak, and push it. I’d go an extra 10 pounds, or I’d jump back up on the pull up rig when my fore arms were on fire. I’m finding those every once in a whiles, to be happening more and more frequently now.
I was listening to Christmas Abbott on this week’s episode of the Wodcast Podcast, and she made a comment about needing 15 minutes after a workout just to get her head back on straight. Made me recognize that the top athletes are pushing themselves to be at or near failure every WOD. Which makes me think that I could be pushing myself harder every day. I go hard, but I know I could go harder.
Well, we knew they were coming, stupid double unders!! I did 90, so I’m happy, but just so much wasted energy going into them. 2-4 sometimes 5 singles go into getting just one double. Ah well, it was damn fun, and I’m looking forward to 14.2!
For those keeping score at home, I got 129 reps today.
I can’t wait for the first CrossFit Games Open WOD to post today. I’ve really been enjoying all the speculation on what it’s going to be. The best guess that I’ve heard is a couplet of burpees and a ground to overhead movement. I’m hoping for a burpee and snatch.
What ever it is, I’m pumped, and I can’t wait for the announcement!
I just logged my 600th workout on BeyondTheWhiteboard.com today. Felt great. Very glad I stuck around for the accessory which was a 2 K Row for Time, and I crushed my last attempt by 17 seconds, which was just a couple months ago. After I did my CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Cert in December, I changed my workout schedule. Instead of trying to get in every day, I decided to intentionally mix in rest days. I started by changing to 3 days on, 1 day off, then over the past month, I’ve moded to the following (to fit a 7 day schedule)
- Monday: Rest
- Tuesday: WOD
- Wednesday: WOD
- Thursday: WOD
- Friday: Rest
- Saturday: Olympic Lifting
- Sunday: Deadlift themed WOD (can be any WOD, as long as its got DL’s in it)
This schedule seems to be really working for me. I feel a lot better during the WODs and I’m able to push to 100% effort every single day now, whereas prior to this, by Friday/Saturday I was feeling like crap after 5/6 days on in a row.