It has been a while since my last post and there are many reasons for this. There has been a lot going on recently and I have been extremely exhausted. Today was the fourth day in a row of rest. I have been hitting the Olympic lifting classes really hard but haven't really done a metcon since last Wednesday. I feel really guilty about this but at the same time I think that my body may need this extended rest. During the past four days I have had a lot of time to think about my training and where I feel I am in Crossfit. I am working hard, studying the journal, and pushing my limits during the Oly class but something does not feel right. I am still motivated as ever but something is missing. I am not sure what it is and I am having a hard time figuring it out.
I looked back over the past couple of months of training and narrowed it down to the week that was the most motivating. I loved how I felt before and after each WOD. It was the week of the affiliate team tryouts. It was so exciting, so difficult, and a great test. I loved the wods. They were incredibly difficult and required not only strength but skill as well. I miss those wods. I really love tough programming and WOD's that leave you feeling like you can't take another step. I decided that I need to get back into more regular Crossfit WOD's. I still plan on doing the Oly class but may double WOD on those days. I want to feel the pain, suffer with my friends, and compete.
I think that what one person finds to be difficult programming to another may not be. It must be extremely difficult to prorgam for everyone in a box. There is so many different levels of ability and experience. At what point does a coach decided to increase the difficulty of the programming for certain memebers of their box? I think this a very difficult question or situation to tackle. I don't think there is ever a right time but I do think that coaches should program to the ability of the most experienced or best Crossfitters in their box. This gives the newer members or less skilled members something to shoot for. I also think that it is probably frustrating to the less skilled or newer members to always see the fire breathers finishing so quickly or finishing and be looking for more. What if those fire breathers were on the floor right next to the newbies. Struggling for air, suffering in pain, and just exhausted. I personally think that is how it should be. This builds unity and community but most of all it builds a better Crossfitter.
Give me crazy heavy strength cycles and massive WOD's and I will eat it up. I want to be destroyed by the WOD's and I want to be strong. Most of all I want to be the best Crossfitter that I can be. I am not sure how to do this but I do know that I have to hit WOD's on a daily basis and get after it during the strength segments. Most of all being the best Crossfitter possible means being competitive. Being competitive with people in my own box as well as with potential competition during the games. I need to increase my work compacity and to train my body to recovery effectively and quickly. This comes with proper training, strength cycles, nutrition, and discipline.
My goal for the next couple of months is to keep my chin up. Always look and train in the positive direction and have faith in my coaches and programming. I am placing my faith in the hands of people I respect a lot. They will help me achieve my goals and ready me for the next competition...I just have to be patient.
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