Staying focused for the Crossfit Open

22 days leftWith only 22 days left before the Open, I have two equally strong and opposite thoughts running through my head:

1) I need to do MORE – go more often, stay longer, work harder and

2) I can stop trying – with the Open so close, am I really going to make any progress towards my distant goals?

Every morning when I get up and every night when I go to bed I have this discussion with myself (yes, I am obsessed with Crossfit and yes, I talk to myself – don’t judge).

I had hoped to have made more progress by this time.  If you remember when I set my big-*ssed goals back in May 2013, I had some fairly lofty – but what I thought were totally achievable (minus one) goals.

May 2013 – Goals for the Crossfit Open 2014

Number One STRICT PULL UP. I can currently do 2 unbroken with a black band…

Number Two: 50 DOUBLE UNDERS UNBROKEN Max is still 31 consecutive double unders – why oh why must these be so hard?

Number Three: get my weights up to where I can lift the weights they did in the Crossfit Open. I guess this means a 45kg snatch for now. (currently 32.5kg) This is probably the area where I have made the most gains, I can do many of the lifts at the Open weights. for the snatch I’m at 37.5 kg but its a full snatch and not a hang snatch like I was doing before.

Number 4: TOES TO BAR I can do a few of these – not strung together and they are not really something you’d like to see if you just ate, but d*mmit, my toes hit that bar.

Number 5: MUSCLE UP – Let’s be honest, I never really thought I would get this one.

So as you can see, I haven’t really achieved my goals and this brings us to the second train of thought – if I haven’t achieved my goals by now, why not stop chasing them since I will never make them in time for the Open.

Looking for an image about quitting, brought me to this relevant post by Crossfit Aggieland http://crossfitaggieland.com/wod/time-give/

This one is the easiest one to discard, and I’ll tell you why —> (let me don my guru on the mountain hat for this) because I have worked d*mn hard up until now and I want to do the best that I can at the Open, if I stop pushing now I will never know how well I could do.  Secondly, Crossfit doesn’t end when the Open is done, I will hit these goals, maybe not as soon as I would have liked, but I will hit everyone of them (yes, even the muscle up, doubters!) one day.

So, if giving up is not an option, I should do more, right? Wrong! I am currently going to Crossfit 4-5 times a week – doing the competitors program designed for people entering the Open, staying late to do a pull-up program and eating healthy (ok, only like 90% of the time, but it still counts), I’m focused on sleeping better and avoiding stress.  If I do more, yes, I could probably make a bit more progress but I also run the risk of burning out before the Open, or injuring my fragile, delicate (HA! I am a BEAST!) self.

At some point, you have to say, this is good enough, what I am doing is good enough..and stay the course.  As the end gets closer it is so tempting to want to change things up, but this, I guess, is where the mental discipline that I learned while not giving up and collapsing in a pile during death by burpees comes into play.

I will stay the course…and I will not give up.

What about you, what do you do to stay on track as the goal date gets closer and closer?

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