Week one of the 2016 CrossFit open is behind us, and if you’re like me you don’t want to do any walking lunges or pull-ups for a little while. Too bad pull-ups are always coming. For most of us this is our competitive season but don’t let it take your focus from the big picture.
Most of us don’t play a competitive sport. (Unless you call playing spoons with your family a competitive sport and then IT’S ON!) We aren’t training for any particular event other than just to be a little fitter than we were yesterday.
We aren’t competitive football or basketball players. We may be competitive when we play but it’s not how we make a living. So the five weeks of the CrossFit open are our chance to throw down in a competition and show what we’ve got.
I’m all for a little competition a couple times a year for us normal people. It's healthy and helps set goals for training. Although it is good to put your skills to the test, and see where you need to improve. It’s also important to remember that this isn’t your lively hood.
Don’t get caught up in who killed who… or how well you did in each event and get back to life as normal. The other 167 hours of the week are more important in the big picture of your life, and in terms of your fitness the other 2-4 training days are more important in improving your fitness than the one day of testing your fitness.
Put your game face on for one hour, push yourself to your limits, give each event all you can. Then dust yourself off. Grab some protein and starchy carbs and go about your life doing the important stuff of parenting, teaching, working, spousing (is that a word?), etc.
Come to think of it, that’s not any different than how you should approach any other day.
Now go move better.