CrossFit: More Mental Than Physical

Two rounds for time of: 10 bar muscle ups, 20 bar-facing burpees, 30 deadlifts at 155 lbs, and 40 wallballs at 20 lbs.

No problem, I tell myself.

Until I begin.

I haven’t done bar muscle ups since the Granite Games, and they sucked. It took 3 minutes just to finish the 10.

After that, the mental game began as I wondered why.

The second round of bar muscles up I slipped because my hands were so sweaty. My scar tissue is acting up so my finger is swollen, making my grip on the bar sketchy.

I need help, I thought, as I banged my chest once again on the way up, producing lovely bruises later.

I understand the ebbs and flows of CrossFit. However, it doesn’t make it any easier.

The Mental Game of CrossFit


When frustration sets in, it’s easy to

CrossFit Game Face

give in. To not care. To let the workout win. This is what will fortify the brain: pushing through even when you don’t want to and all you want to do is quit.

It’s normal to feel this way when you try so hard and still can’t get it. Or if you get it, it sucks.

Know when to reign it in.

For me, I’ve been pushing hard. Really hard. My mental game broke today, and it took everything I had just to finish–one rep at a time.

But finish I did.

And tomorrow is a new day to try again.

The Day I Knew I Was Good at CrossFit…


Lately, I’ve been near the top of the leader board in my box pretty consistently.  I’ve gotten my bar muscle up.  I’m perfected my butterfly pull-ups.  I’m doing my own strength program so I’m getting stronger and the heavier weights in WOD’s don’t affect me as much and I can move much more more easily.

Today was the day I realized though that I am really good.  REALLY.

We had an Open Test WOD of:

50 wallballs

50 double unders

40 box jumps

40 toes to bar

30 chest to bar pull ups

30 burpees

20 squat cleans (100 lbs for women)

20 jerks (100 lbs)
10 muscle ups

I did the wall balls and the double unders unbroken in record time.  I was the first to all the movements.  I had the highest score (even amongst the boys).  What slowed me down were the TTB and the C2B (2 moves I’m gonna work once I’m done with my muscle-up course).

I’ve really grown as an athlete since the Open.  It gave me the impetus to get better, to improve my moves (and get new ones), and to give it my all.

There’s something about CrossFit that’s hard to explain to non-CrossFiters.  But I work very hard at it and the passion builds.  I get frustrated just like everyone else.  But in the end I push harder and the work gets done.  And I win.

Isn’t that what it’s all about?