A week ago, I had lost my voice yelling at Northwest CrossFit Regionals, my first high stakes CrossFit competition. I went to the bathroom more than a newborn baby that weekend. It was an amazing new competitive experience that exceeded my expectations and was much more difficult than I imagined it could be.
I’ve played opponent-dependent sports my whole life – Football, Ultimate, tennis. What I mean by that is I had some control over my competition’s decisions and strategy. My abilities and strategy can directly affect my opponent to alter theirs. CrossFit is the exact opposite. The opponent is not other individuals or teams, its really just against yourself. Specifically, your doubts.
I think if you can perform on “game day” like you do in training, you are already doing pretty well. I remember the nerves and trying to focus on movements I’ve done hundreds of times without fail as if each one was a PR attempt. I wanted to quiet the doubts, shut my mind off, and just move. This was easier said than done, especially when the movements were more challenging.
A week later, I feel recovered from the competition. My structural body took two days to get past the soreness and feel normal again. My mental energy was however depleted and did not feel like it returned until Friday. I can’t imagine the repeated ramping up and down of adrenaline and other stress hormones in such a sharp manner is healthy. If I felt this way during every CrossFit competition, I’m glad its only a few times a year! I’m curious if my nerves will settle with more competitive experience…presumably they will so lets find out 🙂
2012 Games training has started already – stay tuned for information from Scott
1) Run Seq
2) 3 rounds:
10 Kip Swings
10 Steps Sampson Lunge
10 Stiff-Leg Burpees
60 steps each: blade, heel, and instep walks
20/20 KB Halos
10/10 KB One Arm OH Squats – slow and steady
3 rounds for time-
21 KB Swings 53/36lb