With the CrossFit Open upon us, every week for 5 weeks, starting February 26th; one workout will be announced. Over 320,000 people worldwide eagerly await to hear what this week’s workout will be. We find out how much pain we are going to endure during that short period of time.
And it’s a lot! Because the thing about the Open is it’s a chance for each and every one of us to compare ourselves – not necessarily with those from another country, state, or even in our own box, but with how we have performed in the past. We want to push ourselves to our absolute max so we can get that feeling of accomplishment when the clock times out and our bodies collapse beneath us on the floor.
We all have it; sometimes it hits us earlier than other times, but it’s there. The internal battle with yourself.
THE DOUBT SEEPS IN
But somewhere between the moment of the consecutive beeps 3, 2, 1… and the final buzzer, most of us have this moment of doubt; a question that pops into our head of “Why?”
And the answer of course is simple… because we love putting ourselves through the pain, for however long it may take. We have to fight these moments of doubt, even if it is only for a second. Are you someone who, when that moment of doubt pops in your head, you start to ponder the question a little more in turn slowing you down?
Well, lets change that today! Not just for the Open, but for everything else we do in life. In those moments we stop and contemplate why we are doing this; we are wasting valuable time we could be putting towards completing the tasks at hand.
DON’T LET THE OPEN BREAK YOU
When something stops becoming fun for even a brief second, it is only human nature to no longer want to what ever that activity is. We need to come up with a way to get around this. If you want to make it past the worldwide Open competition field, the only way to do this is to ignore these feelings and thoughts of “I can’t”.
If we enter an Open workout -or any workout- without a goal, we don’t know how much to push ourselves. It’s all going to hurt, no matter how hard you push. The question at hand is how much is it going to hurt? And how much are willing to endure?
Whatever the workout, make sure you establish a goal and know what your goal for the workout is. After establishing a game plan, an efficient and thought out rep scheme is going to hold us accountable. The workout may include movements you are really good at and there may be parts of the workout that are your goats. In these cases, we sensibly pick a strategy that is going to help us maintain the movements throughout the workout.
PUT THE PLAN IN MOTION
3, 2, 1… Your adrenaline is rushing through you and set off out of the gates at 125%; we feel invincible. If we go out too big, we will burn out rather quickly in a blaze of first round glory.
The best athletes in the sport convene at the CF Games every year, and you can bet they go into their workouts with a strategy for every workout. Granted their strategy might be to go unbroken as fast as they can; that’s their plan.
For example if you know you can do muscle-ups, and starting fresh you can get eight, but tired you won’t be able to get eight. If the workout calls for seven muscle-ups in the first round of a 15 min workout; break them up early, this way you can hold on to them throughout the workout. All too often we see athletes crush the first round and then fail on rounds two or three because they went too big in the beginning.
Be honest with yourself. We are all competitive, and it’s not who finishes the first round the fastest, but how we do when time is called at the end of the workout. Make a plan that works for you. It may not work for anyone else, but it will for you. Be confident in your plan, stick with it, and enjoy smashing your workouts.
Find that dark place, set up camp, cuz you’re gonna be there for a while! Really enjoyed it…even more when it was done! Thanks @bradletes for strategy and cheering and believing in me ❤️. And thanks to @crossfitsebadal for all your help and cheering!! Worldwide #community! Also to Greg and @amerikandreem for cheering and pushing me too! #opens2016 #bradlete #onedown #longest20minutesever @bradletes @inov_8 @skins_usa @lurongliving @cert4sport @tryabouttime @fitaid @lurongliving @exosleeve @crossoversymmetry @ntrecovery @spidertechtape @kaenon @romwod @crossfitmtlebanon
Now your plan is in place, you can go into Open workouts 16.4 and 16.5 feeling confident and when that little voice comes into your head and starts telling you “you are tired” and asking you “why you are doing this?”, you can answer with “this is my plan and we are sticking to it!” It will push you through the doubt, and allow you to accomplish your goals!