No, I don’t hunt. The CrossFit Open is summed up with this infographic:
Basically, the reason why I “do” CrossFit all year long is for the sole purpose of competing in the 5-week “Open” competition season.
It wasn’t always like this; I used to just do the Open for fun, and for the mere fact that everyone else in my box did it too; it was just a norm. After the first year, I got a feel for my competitive side again, and I started to take it more seriously… almost TOO seriously. I placed lots of pressure on myself–really confident about what I was good at, really scared of what I wasn’t… and it was a pretty immature mindset towards CrossFit as a sport.
Though I’m not a veteran, I’d have to say this year is much different than others. I’ve evolved both physically, and simultaneously, I’ve invested lots of time and practice in also developing my mental and emotional intelligence regarding training and competition.
I know where I stand in terms of my strengths and weaknesses; I’m far from the “outcome” goal I’d love to achieve one day a few years from now… however, I’ve never felt more prepared. So like… if I were thrown into the Hunger Games tomorrow, would I win? Eh… but at least I’d be more fit than ever to do the damn best I can to make sure I thrive for as long as my body and mind allow me to!
Here are a few highlights of what’s different for me going into the Open this year:
- General Physical Preparedness is… mostly prepared!
- Nutrition has been dialed in with over 90% compliance for months now
- Not “afraid” of certain movements or lifts
- Not “cautious” to “overeat” (eating so much that it’s literally a job! #payher)
- More positive, self-affirmations – yes, sometimes even OUT LOUD (when no one’s around)
- Reading a lot of mindset/ achievement literature lately
- Sleep has been a consistent 8 hours 90+% of the time and my body is noticing its effect (lower body fat retention, better recovery, sharper mind & focus)
- I’m actually excited and not as nervous (I say this now, and tomorrow the butterflies will be sure to show up) for an Open season and all its got to challenge me with
- I won’t be having a beer after my workout — too many other nutrient-dense calories I’ll have to have
- I will likely be re-doing the workouts on Mondays. *cue the positive self-affirmations*
- This year’s placing will tell me a lot about the next 1-2 years
Hopping off now because I’m so tired and need to disconnect, chill out and sleep well. After eating some more, though.
Keep you all posted…