Monday “Did you know…”? Goals, goals, goals…
“The greatest adaptation to CrossFit takes place between the ears” is what G. Glasman said to Greg Amundson 6 years ago which spurred his interest in goal setting. Though not a new concept, as Sebastion Coe, years earlier said (pointing to his head), “The nine inches right here; set it straight and you can beat anybody in the world.”
The point still holds…you gotta have a head for this kind of stuff and you gotta have your head in the game when it’s on.
For your 2012 goals…have you thought it through? do you understand it? have you selected a realistic goal? considered a plan? does it excite you? can you hardly wait to get to the gym to practice? do you ask others for advice? do you watch videos? All this and more will determine success.
Then when it’s on…are you continually trying to win the mental battles…get some extra reps, go faster, fight the heavy legs and burning lungs? The body will always say no…the mind must overcome it. Are you practicing that? Or do you find you let the “burn” win and you step out, slow down? That’s the positive mental talk which is so important.
Amundson started the CrossFit Goal Setting Course and blog (bet you didn’t know that).
My favorite quote is from Dec. 16. Erin Cafaro (gold medal rower) said, ““It’s empowering to look at my opponent and say to myself, ‘I can out work you; I can out suffer you’ and know that it’s true.” Isn’t that exactly what CF gives us? The confidence to outlast? This is true even if we aren’t competing with others. To self-improve, to get better at anything…we have to say, I can suffer more than I did yesterday? I can outwork myself from 2 months ago. Without that we’ll stagnate and never make any gains. The answer is in the self-talk necessary to get through the rough spots. “Nothing gets to you.”
Notice: Cindy benchmark today/tomorrow. The goal is NOT just to go fast. Sure it’s called AMRAP. But set a goal that you would like to improve. Maybe you only get 8 rds b/c you do all your pullups no assist, C2B. Great…then over the summer we’d like to see that turn into 12 rds. This is an “individual” benchmark to see improvement. So you should be doing what is appropriate to your level (ring rows, bands, C2B pullups…or knee pushups, hand release pushups, etc). Go fast but do not hurry. Go get it!