We All Start Somewhere!
We all just finished the Open and as great as the Open can be, it can sometimes be somewhat of a buzz kill if you spend to much time caught up in the leader board comparing your scores with others. Looking at other athletes times, or reps can leave you feeling discouraged and unappreciative of the your score and reps for which you fought. Perhaps you were presented with a weight you could not lift this year or skill you could not perform, and have been feeling beaten up by having to face your weakness. Instead of getting bogged down with negative feelings or thoughts, recognize that we all start somewhere and that we all have weakness that we must work on. Yes, this sport is about times, reps counted, weight lifted, but what it truly is about is competing against yourself. Through that competition with yourself finding that you have an entirely higher lever of potential then you ever thought possible.
Part of what makes CrossFit so special is that it is journey. We each travel a different journey, but no matter the journey we all end up in the same place. And that place is the becoming the best you, you can be. It is forever evolving and that is what keeps us all coming back for more.
My CF journey has been slow. I started CFing in 2006. I have never been the natural athlete that excels at skills or new sports on my first try. I have to work, and I have to work hard. It took me months to get 1 DU, tears in order to jump on top of a 22 inch box, years to be able to go RXed in weights, and even after 8 years in the sport, I just celebrated my first bar muscle up. If I had spent the last 8 years constantly comparing myself to others I would have run myself into the ground. I would have quickly been so discouraged about my slow progress that it would have been painful to get myself pumped to go back to the box. Instead, I focus on trying to be my best. Focusing on myself rather then other athletes sets me up to perform better and to stay positive about the progress I am making as an athlete.
Instead of comparing yourself to others, appreciate your journey. We all start somewhere, its not about how fast we progress, but instead how hard we try to get there. In this sport, there is only one thing you can control and that is your effort. You can not control what other people are doing, or how far along they are in their journey. But you can control your own journey. Keep it up Connex!
Work into heavy set of
1 squat snatch + 1 hang snatch + 1 OHS
15 min AMRAP
5 Power Snatch (135/95)
15 burpee box jump overs