One Week Till the Open…And I’m Getting Anxious…

I usually get anxious right before competitions.

But a week before?

I’ve spent the last year preparing for the Open.  One whole year of my life.

I’m stronger.  I’ve improved all my skills.  I’ve added new ones.

But I don’t have all the skills.  Nor all the strength.

And that worries me.

All it takes is one move to show up that

1) I either don’t have or

2) I suck at

And everything I’ve worked so hard for is thrown out the window.

My body has tweaks here and there.  My right fingers are swollen.  My right calf is tight.  My massage guy is sick.  My muscle activation lady is sick.  I know my glutes are tight.  I am bruised from Jason.

I remind myself that I choose this.

Why?

Because it gives me something to cling to when there’s nothing else in my world to cling to.  It’s the constant and the rock in my life when all else is a storm.  It’s something to strive for.  To achieve.  And to keep achieving.

It’s a passion.  And passion is so rare in life that when you find it, you cling to it with everything you’ve got.  You don’t give up.  No matter the pain.  The frustrations.  The defeats.  You keep going.  One step at a time.  With the belief great things will be achieved…

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My Experience with Online Courses…

Yesterday, I posted on CrossFit’s online running course.  This is a course where you sit, watch modules, and then apply the information.

Today, I want to discuss online courses that are interactive, participatory and–dare I say it–HAVE HOMEWORK!!

I’ve invested in a few online courses designed to teach you a particular skill.

A bar muscle up course.

Got ’em.

Handstand walks.

Almost.

Nutrition.

High hopes.

And I’ve learned a few things:

  1.  Accountability is HUGE!  Someone to program for you and cheer you on is priceless.
  2. If you pay for it, you’ll do it.  After the Open last year, I was so frustrated with bar muscle ups that I gave them up.  For months.  I saw WODPrep‘s course sometime in the summer and jumped on it.  Since I was paying for it, I got onboard and within a couple of weeks I had bar muscle ups (even though they were messy).  Money is a great motivator.
  3. You have to do the work.  Every skill in life (be it CrossFit skills such as double unders or learning to play the guitar or even typing) takes practice and work.  If you don’t put in the work, how do you expect to master it?
  4. Devote 20 minutes a day.  That’s it.  You do this every day, day in and day out, you’ll be amazed how this accumulates over the course of a year.

Who should take online courses?

  1. Those who aren’t getting the time or attention from teachers or coaches.  Let’s face it:  CrossFit coaches are busy people.  Devoting time to individuals without paying for one-on-ones is hard to do.  Hence, this is a great compromise for those self-motivated enough to do the work.
  2. Those who can’t make it to the gym regularly and/or have odd work schedules that change constantly.  Online courses are those you can do any time, any place.
  3. Those who want to focus on ONE thing such as bar muscles ups or double unders.  You move at your pace on your time without having to waste time waiting on others to catch up.
  4. Everyone!  If you’re willing to do the work, you can learn anything in life.  Piano, guitar, basketball, swimming, computer programming, dog training, you name it.  Seize life and all it offers before it’s gone!

Where there’s a will, there’s a way. 

This saying is even more apropos in the digital age.  Someone somewhere in the world can help you. All you have to do is Google!

CrossFit’s Online Running Course

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I like to run.

So it was a no-brainer to sign up for CrossFit’s online running course, which went over the correct running technique to prevent injuries, major faults, and corrections.

As a runner, we all pass through 3 major phases:  Pose, Fall, Pull.  The pose phase is where your feet are directly beneath you.  The fall phase is where your feet are not touching the ground.  The pull is when your other foot pushes off and you complete your stride.

Runners want to maximize their fall phase in order to run faster.  This is contrary to popular belief that increasing your stride will make you run faster.  Your body is more efficient the more it maintains its center of gravity.  This goes for lifting heavy weights as well.

This course also goes over how to analyze a runner’s stride and if they are efficient or not.  Ultimately, the longer you stay in the fall phase, the less your energy output, the less work you do, and the longer you can do without feeling the effects of fatigue.

I would recommend this course to anyone looking to improve their running technique.  I implemented what I learned during my very next running session and saw immediate improvements.  Great course and great information!

Death by Jason…

No, not Jason Voorhees.

The CrossFit Hero workout Jason.

Named after Jason Dale Lewis, a Navy SEAL, who was killed in combat on July 6th, 2007, in Baghdad, fighting for our freedoms and those of the Iraqi people.

Jason is:

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By round 15 of muscle ups, I could feel the bruises on my left breast.  My bar muscle up form sucks.  I can get up but one arm always drops and I end up banging the bar almost every time.

So I slowed WAY down and didn’t finish the muscle ups because I knew I had massive bruises.

And sure enough–I did.Image result for bar muscle ups

Bruises to my breasts and beneath.

It hurts.

Bad.

Plus, my arms in general are sore from doing 33 muscle ups.  So are my lats.

Combine the two, and I don’t want to do anything today.

Anyone relate?

We All Need to Crush a WOD Every Now and Then…

The workout of the day (WOD) was 100 double under buy-in followed by front squats and burpee box jump overs.  I did really well and did the double unders unbroken.

Before this, I was feeling blah.  Workouts were tough.  Getting to the box was tough.  Everything was tough.

Crushing a WOD boosted my confidence, and I left feeling a thousand times better.  I left looking forward to the weekend and some rest days and ready to hit the box on Monday all in.

CrossFit is tough.  There’s no question about it.  It wears you down.  You go through seasons where it’s everything inside of you just to get to the box and go through the workout.  There there’s the opposite spectrum where you’re gung-ho, ready to conquer every move thrown at you.

Perseverance.  Grit.  Determination.

These are the characteristics that define CrossFit and the people who do it day-in and day-out.

And it’s when you perform your best that gets you through when you barely perform at all.

So relish those WODs that reinforce why you do CrossFit.  They are few and far between, but we all need them.

Because when you crush one, your day is infinitely brighter!

Trust the Process…

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You could call me that.

So when I tell myself to “trust the process” I feel like such a hypocrite.

But in the end, that’s the only choice I have.  Anything else is undue stress.

Because if you want to be good at anything in life, it takes time.

Handstand walks.

I want them so bad.

And I’m close.

Trust the process.

Olympic lifting.

I want great form.

Small steps.

Trust the process.

Losing weight and maintaining my diet for the rest of my life.

Trust the process.  Trust the process.  Trust the process…

I Feel Blah…

Everything in my life right now is blah:  work, CrossFit, health, diet, food, life in general.

CrossFit programming is boring due prepping for the CrossFit Open.  It’s ceaseless rowing, thrusters, double unders, and burpees.

Work.  Where to start?  I just want to be independently wealthy.

Diet.  I started a new 8 week program.  I’m sticking to it, but I’m about as enthused as an aphid when a ladybug lands on her plant.

Life.

I feel like I’m going through the motions–motions I don’t even like.

My body is bloated.  My sleep sucks.  My period is out of whack.  My stomach hurts.

Menopause?  Stress?  Diet?  Winter Blues?

Who knows?

This, too, shall pass.  This, too, shall pass…