I had a competition on Saturday. These days you could literally do a competition every week - there's just so many of them around. So how many should you do and why?
I try and do a comp about every fortnight. Although August/November I think we had them weekly.
The reason I do comps are:
If you find any of the below relate to you and competitions, then I think you need to limit the number you do until you can overcome them:
Obviously this is a HUGE topic, and one that I will definitely go over again.
The main thing to take away here is that competitions can be very useful. You can use the smaller ones as part of your preparation for that big one (e.g. Opens). For the smaller ones, don't focus on outcome - focus on effort and process (e.g technique, skills). Use them to rehearse such things as your eating, warm-ups, wod strategies etc. These skills need to be developed under pressure - which can be hard to find in training.
And enjoy yourself. No-one cares how you do (sorry, but that's mostly true at our level). They care that you did your best, that you were a good sportsperson, and that you enjoyed yourself. So make sure you do!
Dion Walmsley, Head Coach at CrossFit Kanga, Richlands