Dealing with Open Disappointment

  2018-05-07 10:00AM

If you competed in the recent CrossFit Open, you may have experienced some form of disappointment in your performance over the course of the five weeks. Maybe your ranking wasn’t as high as you thought it would be, or a movement came up that you couldn’t do, or your mental game was off and you finished with a score that doesn’t truly represent your fitness. You may not consciously realize it, but goals are a driving force in your CrossFit journey. Whether it’s to lose weight, finish in the top 1000 in your region, or qualify for the Games, these goals motivate you to get in the gym and work hard. In reality, the Open exposes everyone and anyone’s weaknesses. Regardless of your fitness level, the Open will always highlight at least one thing you can get better at. With that in mind, here are a few ways to channel any negative feelings you had about the five weeks of competition:

1. Use it as motivation. Did you workout partner beat you in 4 of the 5 workouts? Maybe you finished lower in your age category than you thought you would. Whatever it is, let that light your fire. When you’re feeling tired or like you want to skip the gym, think about what you’re working towards.

2. Set new goals. Reflect on the workouts and your performance, and determine the reason for your disappointment. This will lead you to the formation of new goals that will keep you working to be the best possible version of yourself!

3. Attack weaknesses. Be honest with yourself. What held you back over the five weeks? Was it your overall work capacity? If so, focus on your conditioning and putting yourself deep into the “pain cave” on an everyday basis. Were your gymnastics to blame? Focus on bodyweight strength work and drills to increase your efficiency. Whatever you deem to be your weakness, be sure to attack it head on!

4. Fall back in love with the basics. Master the basics. Dedicate a good amount of time to working on the little things that will help make you better at the big things. Those who do well in the Open typically move very well and have laid a solid foundation of strength and skill. People who have rushed through the process or have skipped steps along the way typically find it much harder to perform while under fatigue.

CrossFit is a journey, and just like everything else, there are highs and lows! Understand that this is an opportunity to set some new goals and reach potential you may have not seen within yourself. Feel the disappointment, embrace in your successes, then accept the new challenge, and chase it down to become the best possible athlete you can be. Put the time in, focus on small things, and the big things just happen!

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