When the coach say’s “We have a Competition Workout today”…what does “your” mindset say?
Contextual coaching has been apart of my training for over 40 years. I can remember my first CrossCountry 5k competition at age 16…like it was 40 years ago!
My coach looked into my eyes and said: “…are you ready to run your best today?” I distinctly recall not even know what to say, other than….”I guess so?” 🙁
At the gym, for a lot of us, competition days are not always aligned with our life circumstances. And sometimes we just show up to burn off the day’s demons…I get that! To this point, I’d like to offer up the idea of creating “sub” contexts to Competition Days.
For example, this Wednesday’s is “Helen”, a classic CrossFit competition workout:
- Game it…play with the variables: Speed & Power….
This workout is for time! The mean time for Helen is approx. 10-12mins. If you are a Runner (cardio bunny) and possess less powerful…Run with vigor and scale the KB weight and possibly the PU’s.
- Is time just a construct? How about, movement and breath capacity as your priority?
Can you maintain a strict focus on run form and not falter on your breath Gear of choice? Can your KBS’s and PU’s follow suit? When I know that going for “time” in not going to motivate me, I can always find an inner competition with my ability to move at the speed of mindful efficiency!
WEDNESDAY – COMPETITION
21 KBS (24/16)
12 Pull Ups
THURSDAY – PRACTICE
A) 5 Rounds on the 3:00 :20
Low Plank 2 Hang Power Cleans + 1 Squat Clean (~70%)
B) For Quality: 4-8-12-16 reps of:
Strict Pull-ups Front Squats (115/95)
***200m Run on the 3:00***