Yesterday was the first time in a long time that I finished last in a CrossFit class. What does this mean, this whole finishing last business? Honestly, not much.
Sure, I prefer to finish first ('prefer' is probably the mildest way I can describe it). I'm certainly much more comfortable finishing really quickly and cheering everyone else on, or fixing myself a post workout shake, or washing my hands and face, or just about anything other than finishing last. But is it something to get pissed off about?..something to get upset about? Nope.
See, I tried as hard as I could. My performance compared to other people may have been terrible, but for where I was it was what I had to give; I performed to the best of my capabilities in that moment, for that workout. If I had just messed around or sandbagged or quit, then I would feel terrible...I would feel like I let myself down and gave up.
But that didn't happen. I had an off workout. My body wasn't ready to give me everything I expected of it, and there's nothing wrong with that.
Where people tend to get messed up is when they expect so much from themselves that they set unrealistic goals. If you hold yourself to an impossible standard, you'll never be content. Even if you were to do amazing things (which all of you are), you'd never be happy, never be pleased with yourself, because you're still not quite "there".
The key to success here is to show up and try hard every day. Some days you'll feel on top of the world and some days you'll feel like everyone is stepping all over you. The secret is to realize that this whole journey will have its ups and downs, that you'll get crushed some days and dominate on other days, and that all that matters in the end is that you showed up and gave it your all.
A. 3RM Jerk
B. AMRAP 12 minutes:
5 Front Squats (155/105)
5 Strict Chin-ups
Posted by Armen.