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)
Overhead Lunge Skillwork
5-10-15-10-5 GI Janes *
*burpee pull ups