I got lots of emails about my latest experiment on documenting my thoughts before, during and after a WOD and seems that I was very helpful to many of you. Glad it was. I will continue to takes notes of my thought patters of future training so I can share them with you all.
It seems that the majority of you were very shocked at my daily struggles with the WOD. Many of you commented that my mental battle was very similar to the mind wars that you all go through. Continue reading
This is part 2 of my actual thoughts during a WOD. From the emails I got all week, it seems that you all are getting something out of this blog-experiment. If that’s the case, I’ll document more of my thought patterns in upcoming WODs.
The outdoor WOD at the track:
One minute of jump rope
50-yard sprint (approximately)
After finishing the first set, I wanted to quit. All I did was bitch and complain to myself about how rough the first set was. In other words, I was acting like a crybaby. Continue reading
(In part 1 on this topic, I talked about my lack of physical talent and athleticism that haunted me throughout my life. However, even though I was naturally a weak person and was more on the clumsy side as I got into my early 40′s, I was able to make respectable gains with my CrossFit training through my work ethic. I was finally able to test out my new founded strength when I ran into a former high school star athlete that I haven’t seen in nearly 25 years. When he failed to keep up with me, is when I realized how far CrossFit has taken me.)
I would continue to seek out those in my past that were star athletes. I wanted to see how they’re lives have panned out in the last 30 years, but part of me wanted to display my new and improved athletic skills. Continue reading
I get many emails asking me what my thinking process is during a WOD. This is a very interesting question considering mental toughness training is all about how our thoughts effect our actions in our workouts and in life. To the best of my ability, I wrote down my thoughts in italics so you all can see my mental struggles and mind games that I put myself through from a typical high intensity WOD.
(I’m reposting this series because I’ve been getting the same emails about talent and mental toughness. Hope this blogs can clear up some of the confusion my new readers have about mental toughness and physical talent.)
When I started to make some progress with my CrossFit training, I was very pleased. The hard work was paying off. But, at the same time, I resented the lack of natural talent that I had compared to those that came from athletic backgrounds. It always seemed that I had to work harder than everybody else to learn a new skill. My strength was nothing to brag about either. I put a lot effort to get my numbers up with my deadlift, but I would see newbies walk up the bar and pick up my weight as if it was nothing.
I don’t want to sound bitter about it because I’m not. I found great joy in doing all the extra work. It no longer seemed like a chore because I knew I was bettering myself, plus I loved being around my CrossFit buddies. Whenever I was working on a new skill and got frustrated, there was always somebody that went out of their way to help me out. That’s the beautiful camaraderie and best thing about being a member of a CrossFit box. Continue reading
(I’m reposting this blog because recently I got a surge of a lot of new readers to this site. One of the most common questions I get is what do mental toughness people have in-common. This blog will answer this question for you.)
After I started to progress in my CrossFit classes, I became obsessed with mental toughness articles, especially on tough minded people and teachers of toughness. I read biographies and did research on tough SOBs like General Patton, Lombardi, Butkus, Pete Rose, boxers’ Jack Johnson,
I was really struggling with the hill sprint. My legs were like mush and my mind seemed to be else where. I just did 3 and had 3 more to do.
As, I started my fourth set, I seemed to be regressing in my speed even more. But, in a quick instance like how people see their life flash in front of them before they are going to die, I saw the several reasons why I needed resilience training in my life. In other words, the movie projector in my head flashed memories of me when I was at my most weakest mentally. Continue reading
Been doing mental toughness training for over 10 years now. You would think that the training should become automatic, but it is not. I constantly forget about important issues that are relevant to this sort of training. I have to remind myself daily of what my goals are and why I dedicated myself to this pursuit of mental strength.
(Had the flu this week so I didn’t get to do much writing. Instead caught up on “Daredevil.” Will be back next week with new blog.)
This mental toughness blog is about strengthening your mind to overcome adversity. The benefits of having a strong mind is that you know you can overcome any disappointment or asshole pricks in your life. When your mind is empowered, those around you know that you are a force to be reckoned with and will begin to treat you differently. Continue reading
(I reposted this blog, I wrote a couple of years back because I get lots and lots of email about the pros and cons of joining a CrossFit box. I will address this question in a future blog. In the meantime, this blog may answer some of your questions about CrossFit)
The emails are coming in and I really appreciate you all for participating in this mental toughness symposium. I love questions as they force me to think and solidify my beliefs. Keep the questions coming. Answering them is very enjoyable for me so thank you all very much.
One of the main question that I have been getting is how they can instantly improve on their scores of classic CrossFit WODs that I posted like “Cindy” and “Mini-Murph.” It seems that a lot of you have Goggled your scores of other CrossFitters and compared them to yourself. I’m not going to be politically correct and tell you not compare yourself to others.Actually, I think making self comparison is a natural curiosity that we all have. Continue reading