“Thinking something does not make it true. Wanting something does not make it real.” – Michelle Hodkin
It’s not enough the act the part, you have to live it, breathe it, eat, sleep, and drink it, immerse yourself in it, DO IT!
My experiences thus far with 14.1:
As you know, I have been taking the past three or four days off training in an attempt to allow my body to get some much needed rest and recovery. This has given me a chance to catch up on some projects that I’m working on outside of training and prepping for this coming competition season. It has also given me the opportunity to focus more on my coaching. For the past two days I’ve spent a fair amount of time at JBLM CrossFit judging our athletes in their attempts at the 14.1 Open WOD. This was a fantastic experience as I was able to watch our athletes, ranging from beginners to regional competitors, giving it their all in 14.1! Good on all of you, as you are truly embodying the spirit of CrossFit! A quick example of this (without mentioning any names) was one athlete I judged who could not effectively string together double unders. This athlete struggled over and over again to complete double unders and was able to only do one or two at a time and only achieving that after a series of singles and misses. Despite their shortcoming with this exercise, this athlete never gave up! They pressed on and were able to get through a full round of double unders and snatches and begin another round of double unders! When it was all said and done this athlete was smoked just as much as someone who completed 400+ reps, because no matter what the result both gave it ALL THEY HAD! Thats what its all about!
So this brings me to the title of this post. That Nervous Feeling! You know the feeling; we’ve all had it. The event is rapidly approaching and you have prepared as much as you can, but are you ready? You’re feeling that combination of excitement, fear, stress, and nerves keeping you on edge, but will hopefully not overwhelm you when it comes time to perform. Quite the opposite in fact, you’re hoping that it will enhance your execution by keeping you focused mentally and driven physically to do the best you’re capable of at that time. That’s what I mean by “That Nervous Feeling” and that’s what I’m experiencing right now.
Don’t get me wrong, I have no delusions that I’m anywhere NEAR a regional competitor. The fact remains that I have yet to achieve double unders to a level where I am confident that I will be able to complete a round of them. Even knowing that I am not competitive for advancement I’m still on edge about competing with myself. I want to be able to link double unders and fly through this workout! I guess what’s getting to me most is that I take pride in the level of discipline I try to display in my training and every day life. Hell, I named my blog after it! Despite this being something of my mantra in life I do not feel like I’ve lived up to my words and my personal expectations as far as preparation and focus. Oh well, it’s not like I can’t do double unders period. I’ve been able to find a nice little pattern I can sustain of single under, single under, double under, single under single under, double under, and so on… Hopefully this will allow me to get through two full rounds and 10 double unders (thats 100 reps) which is my goal!
CrossFit Endurance Seminar:
One of the big events that I have coming up is the CrossFit Endurance Seminar on March 15-16 at CrossFit Meridian in Meridian, ID! I’ve been looking forward to taking this seminar for months and am counting the days (literally) until I take the trip to Boise! If you have never taken a CrossFit seminar before and you are interested in becoming a better athlete or coach in one of their specific realms I highly suggest looking into it. I have only taken the Level 1 Seminar, but was extraordinarily impressed with the level of thoroughness and professionalism exhibited by the CrossFit coaching team that taught it. All aspects of training from theory to practice, technique and execution, recovery and nutrition were covered in detail providing a challenging but informative weekend. If my experience at the Level 1 Seminar is any indication the Endurance Seminar should be a wealth of knowledge, information, and valuable experience! To maximize my experience, I’m going to be hard at work studying the course materials and working on the suggested movements, techniques, and mobility WODs suggested in my pre-seminar packet. Thus far, I have worked on some of the mobility pieces which come from none other than the Supple Leopard himself! All I can say is the man is both wonderful and terrible at the same time. (If you’ve ever done any of his Mobility WODs you know exactly what I’m talking about!)
For those of you planning on hitting it hard, here is….