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Remember what it was like when you first started CrossFit?

No, I don’t mean the vomiting tears into a pool of your own sweat and blood, I mean that first year where every single day is an improvement, and the PRs are flowing like sweet, sweet wine.

Remember how you felt?  Remember how you annoyed your friends and family with a constant barrage of CF talk and your newfound over-dedication to diet?  Some of you are smack in the middle of it right now, some have just begun.  You likely will reach or have reached a point of enthusiasm that is on the brink of obsession, but the bottom line (and the point I’m getting to is): you’re enjoyingyour workout.  You’re enthusiastic about it.

Inevitably for most, you reach a point where the PRs curtail, the “big” gym moments for you start to die off…You never really stop improving, but you settle into a niche or maybe even a comfort zone of where you are.  You feel you’ve reached near-max potential.  Maybe your enthusiasm even begins to wane.  Maybe your goals seem less important than before.  Maybe you even fall into a training rut.

I feel your pain.  I’ve been there many times.  I’m there now, searching for my next breakthrough.

Its points like these where we need to take time for a little introspection and perspective.  What brought you that joy when you were in your first year?  Was it all the PRs?  Possibly.  But it also could have had something to do with the attitude you brought to the gym every day.  The fact that you dove in head first and immersed yourself in what you were doing.  The fact that you knew, whether consciously or not, that this place was your sanctuary from “real” life.  The endorphin jolt of pushing yourself to your new found limits, the pride of being present and accountable in your training.  What do I mean by present and accountable?  Being in the moment when you train, and holding yourself to high standards.  Don’t kid yourself – failure is an option and will happen.  Remember that without failure there is little joy in or appreciation of success.

So what am I suggesting?

To myself as much as anyone, I’m suggesting to search out and relocate your joy with training.  Set a hard goal and go hard in the paint after it.  Wod like nobody’s watching.  Remember what it was like to be the best you that you could be.  Take time to think how you want to represent yourself in your training life, and be that guy or girl.  No complaints, no surrender, no retreat.  Attack every day in the gym.  Compete…with…yourself.  Win.

Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.

-Coach Mike

One Response

  • J-TrainJuly 09, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Good words Coach K. We all need to remember to keep that enthusiasm and work ethic!


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