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Mental Milestones

By admin | In Psychology | on March 29, 2011

You know those days where your brain is tired, you had a bad day at work, and you seem to hit every single red light everywhere you turn?  On those days the only thing you want to do is crawl into bed or flop in your favorite chair and zone out.  For most of us the last thing you want to do is to assault your body with a CrossFit WOD. You’re not injured, you’re not sick, and you slept fine the night before, but you would rather throw a tantrum than come to class!

Yesterday Pooja had one of those days.  I recognized that look on her face as I’ve worn it a few times myself.   What she didn’t realize was the mere fact that stepping foot into the gym was a victory for her.  Even more so knowing the wod involved 45 deadlifts and 1.5 miles of running (talk about not wod-shopping)!  She pushed herself through the WOD, maintained excellent deadlift form throughout, and won a mental battle, showing herself (and me) just how strong she really is.

CrossFit defines intensity as pushing yourself as hard as you physically and mentally can.  Your performance can suffer physically from a night of kegerators and corn dogs (ahem) but it can greatly suffer from mental fatigue (stress, etc) as well.  Once, I tried to deadlift heavy and then metcon the day after a co-worker’s funeral.  I couldn’t even get through my warm up sets.  My body would not cooperate and the bar would not move.

On those days, you give yourself kudos for showing up and suiting up.  You push yourself as hard as you can and go home knowing that you’re stronger than you were the day before because of your mental victory.   That, in itself, is quite a PR.  (Big ups, Pooja)

WOD 03.29.11

Overhead Lunge Skillwork
Bench Press

10 KBS
5-10-15-10-5 GI Janes *

*burpee pull ups

14 Comments to "Mental Milestones"

  • melissa says:

    March 29, 2011 at 7:35 AM -

    THE POOJ. nice work, friend. :)

  • Becky says:

    March 29, 2011 at 8:53 AM -

    great post Ruth!!
    I’ve faced many of these types of days and force my butt to get in there anyway and end up feeling so happy I did.
    Yay Pooja!! Way to inspire.
    miss u friends.

  • Anna says:

    March 29, 2011 at 9:25 AM -

    Awe Poojie… I only saw you post-WOD and I didn’t even know you were having a bad day. Way to fight through it.

    Miss you Becky AND Melissa. Need Intrepid girls night soon!!

  • Pooja says:

    March 29, 2011 at 9:31 AM -

    aww thanks mama Ruth! i really couldn’t do it if it weren’t for you pushing me telling me i can!! I love all of you so so so much! thanks for always pushing me harder :)

  • Nik Werre says:

    March 29, 2011 at 10:22 AM -

    Awesome work Pooja!! BEAST MODE!

    I had quite the pr at wings etc. yesterday. 35 wings in one sitting, these were JUMBO wings too. Although, just couldn’t close those last 15 out…therefore took the box of shame home :( hit 230# in the C&J onwards and upwards!


    1. ruth says:

      March 29, 2011 at 4:10 PM -

      @Nik: box o’shame!! Nice on the 230 yo! Sorry about not getting back to you on the program yet!! I will soon, promise!

      GI Poojies!!!

  • Tara says:

    March 29, 2011 at 10:38 AM -

    Great Job Pooja! You are a total rockstar!

  • Alia says:

    March 29, 2011 at 12:51 PM -

    WOOOOO Pooja!!! Congrats!

  • Melina says:

    March 29, 2011 at 1:12 PM -

    Great job Pooja!!!

  • Holley says:

    March 29, 2011 at 1:40 PM -

    Way to always be a badass Pooja! I have noticed that you’re looking more and more buff these days… Maybe we should call them GI Poojies tonight.

  • Xuan says:

    March 29, 2011 at 1:56 PM -

    Having great homeys at the gym is a huge positive on the tough days. Knowing I get to catch-up, laugh and BS with everyone helps push me over the hump.

    @Nik, nice work on the wing PR, that’s my kind of workout. Kudos on the C&J as well!


  • jeff stoehr says:

    March 29, 2011 at 2:10 PM -

    A+ to Ruth to bring out a subject we all would rather not have to admit to.

  • Nik says:

    March 29, 2011 at 4:20 PM -

    Ah no worries about it. I know you’re busy. 4 weeks left pretty jacked to be coming back home!!

  • Nik says:

    March 29, 2011 at 4:34 PM -

    Thanks Xuan! Wings were definitely a challenge. 50 is gonna go down soon haha

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