Lucas finishing overhead.
Onething I have come to learn in the last 2 months and especially this last weekend is how powerful staying calm and composed was in my moment of truth. I don't think I have ever been so relaxed in a match, game or competition then I was during the NorCal qualifiers and it helped me tremendously. When I competed last weekend in the sport of fitness, finding a little oasis of peace in my head turned out to be just as vital as my body's physical readiness. I saved all my focus only for what had to be done and NOT how I'm doing. As soon as that question started creeping into my head again (it did a few times), the workout started to hurt more. Keeping my head in the game has been just as difficult for me to train and develop just like all the other exercises we find in CrossFit and there will always be room for improvement.
Last year I didn't have that mental peace in the 30 Clean and Jerks for time at the 08 Games and it dropped my total time greatly! My anxiousness ate up all my strategy and I wasted a lot of energy. During that time I put too much weight on my shoulders about what should be expected of me and it created a horrible downward spiral of 5 premature attempts at my 30th C&J that could have added 2 minutes to my time!
So how have you been handling your mental game during your more feared WODs? Have you been calm and composed or a bit over anxious?
This week we sign up for the CrossFit Games 2009 Affiliate Team Challenge. The team is yet to be decided. The team will most likely consist of three women and three men. The rules state that only four athletes compete for each team at a time. In the coming weeks we will be holding some team competitions and challenges to train and select our team.
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Workout: Rest Day