I can't leave here (i.e. work) for another 40mins as I have to pick my daughter up from work, so thought I'd get in a quickie (post!).
As I said earlier one of my main reasons to do this blog was due to my frustration of seeing all the PR's and awesome wods been done by people on FB. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm all for PR's and a huge Grats when you get one, but in my experience the better you get at something the rarer your PR's are going to be..
As a long time swim/crossfit coach I always go by the 80/20 rule for myself and my athletes. And that is:
80% of the time you feel average
20% of the time you either feel bloody invinsible, or like total shit.
I pretty much fit into this ratio. This means if I do 7 sessions a week, 5 or 6 of those I feel pretty average and 1 or 2 of those I feel pretty good... or pretty bad.
Most days I could very easily not train. Sure once I start to warm up and get into it I feel ok. But rarely am I 'pumped' up to do a training session. Similarily, on any given day there are half a dozen guys in my shed who could (and often do) beat me in a wod.
As an athlete, you will probably be doing a little more than the normal casual crossfitter e.g. a strength session beforehand and your skill work. Plus you will be training a little more often. So it only stands to reason that you may be a little more tired.
However at a competition it's a totally different ball-game. And the reason that I'm hard to beat at a big competition (and so you should you be too) is your progamming.
You need to make sure that those
invinsible-feeling days are those days you're competing.
It's easy to feel overwhelmed when you're looking at all those PR's on FB, or when you're seeing the athletes at their compeitions smashing out amazing feats of awesomeness. But you need to know - this is not the norm! Not even for the Rich Fronings. Even the top guys and girls do 100's of lifts for every one PR they hit. Most sessions they just turn up, do their work and go home - no FB photos or high 5's.
It can be a grind, and it can be tough to train at times. And sometimes your best effort will result in a crappy performance. But keep an eye on your long term goal. Stay focused. Keep motivated. Every chinup, every deadlift, every stupid burpee is getting you closer to your goal.
And next time you get a PR - I want to see it on FB!
Dion Walmsley, Head Coach at CrossFit Kanga, Richlands