With the Open three days away I find myself surprisingly calm for someone who tends to overthink almost any situation. In fact I am more concerned about the impending doom this Saturday that is known as Fran. I believe the only thing that could be worse than Fran are the days, hours, and minutes leading up to her. However that horrible WOD is not what this blog is about. This blog is about the open and the roller coaster ride it has been leading up to it.
It was shortly after Thanksgiving when out of the blue Lauren messaged me with encouraging words about taking the open seriously and taking our training to the next level. Anyone who goes to ARX or knows Lauren personally knows that she would not say something unless she meant it. With those few words of encouragement everything seemed to click into place for me. I now had no trouble starting and sticking to a Paleo diet where as in the past I would have easily cheated. My reason for doing CrossFit had changed from keeping in shape to seeing how far I could push myself.
That being said I would like to pass on a few helpful tips that helped me really dial in my training when I felt I had hit a wall. First and foremost I would have to say know your strengths, and by this I do not mean your clean and jerk one rep max. By this I mean figure out what you have to do to get the best possible results out of yourself. For me one large hurdle, which I figured out late in the game, is that I am absolutely no good to myself early in the morning. There is nothing wrong with working out early in the morning, however there is something wrong with me attempting to work out at that time. Whether I hit the snooze button too many times or stayed up late the night before I never seemed to be 100% percent when I heard 3…..2….1 GO!!!
Next I am going to have to go old school here and suggest you make yourself a good old fashion mix CD. I know this might sound silly but when I am on my way to the box and I pass a certain point I press play and I know it is time to get serious. You have to try and push all that other garbage that has filled your mind throughout the day to the back burner and focus on the task at hand. Which is for the most part to make yourself better than your where the day before.
Finally and I think this might be the most important thing people should remember, is to have fun above all else. There is a reason there is a sign on the door that says “Check Your Ego”. I find that when you start taking yourself too seriously it is the beginning of the end. Do not get me wrong it is a good thing to want to be successful and have consistent PR’s but also realize that sometimes we look silly and it is ok to laugh. Personally all I need to do is ask myself “Is this the best you could have done for today?” As long as the answer is yes I will walk away happy and proud.
So here we are. As I stare at the starting line of a journey whose purpose is to break me physically and mentally I feel a grin cross my face. With my own blood and sweat I feel as though I have reached a new plateau and hope to seek out the next one with the same intensity that has taken me this far. I have no clue what to expect in the coming weeks but thanks to everyone who has helped get me here I truly feel I can say BRING IT ON!!!
P.S. I swear to god if one of the open wod’s is Fran I will murder someone!!!