My Mental Toughness Thought Process (Part 2)

images 28This 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:

5 sets

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 My Mental Toughness Thought Process (Part 2)

Talent, CrossFit and Mental Toughness (Part 2)

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(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 Talent, CrossFit and Mental Toughness (Part 2)

My Mental Toughness Thought Process

images (76)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.

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Talent, CrossFit and Mental Toughness (Part 1)

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(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 Talent, CrossFit and Mental Toughness (Part 1)