A lot of us hit a low point around year three.
Everything’s going great until then. Every lift a PR, every day an opportunity to learn something new, every workout a life-changing experience.
Then something changes. Most likely, we’re as fit as we’ve ever been, and we’re scared. Questions we’ve never asked before start creeping in. “What if I miss. What if I’m last. What if I don’t win? What if I fail?”
When CrossFit’s new there’s nothing to compare it to. Then we do things a few hundred times and repeat the same benchmark. Data builds and before we know it, we have a nice little line graph that keeps going up. And if it doesn’t stay that way, we flip!
The problem is performance. What was once a single measure alongside dozens more becomes everything. We define ourselves by our last workout and beat ourselves up over it. If the whiteboard doesn’t tell us we’re stronger faster and more sexy than yesterday, we start making excuses, and, if we don’t feel better real fast, we quit.
Meditation is about non-judgment. It’s about getting the mind dialed into the present, watching it wander off like a distracted puppy, then pulling it back without getting pissed or criticizing it. So is fitness.
There are good days and great days, bad days and Monday’s, and if you’re always two eyes on the whiteboard, comparing yourself to yesterday, you’re gonna hate today.
Monitoring progress is a must. But you are not your performance.
You’re a mother. A father. A painter. A writer. A singer. A saint. And a CrossFitter. You’re all these things at once and more. Stop asking “What if I miss. What if I’m last. What if I don’t win? And what if I fail?” Ask instead, “where would I be without this?”
15 Min AMRAP
5-Power Clean 135/185
Post impression and if you had to survive in the wilderness for 40 days with someone, who would it be? (spouses or significant others excluded)