So to lighten up your day, speak about last night, and forgive the following post, I want to tell a small story. After the first workout was done an athlete yelled, "TIME!", so I replied "7:42", he looked at me with such a blank stare and said, "When did we start?" . . . that might give you an idea of last night, but let's discuss something serious. . .
Why are you scared when you look at the white board? Is something so daunting written that you can't perform that you become scared and want to run away? Maybe get back into your car, drive home and pretend it never occurred? Any workout ever mentioned has the ability to bring people down a notch, but that is from a physical perspective, not a mental perspective. Fight the physical with the mental, can't do a specific movement? Suck it up buttercup and give it a 1,000 tries if you have the time.
Mentally, we fight everything as if we are friggin' hammers flying into nails, pounding the crap out of anything in the way of our goal. We are steady, resolute, and relentless in our quest to achieve. Last night was a testament to that, the looks of defeat when we spoke of a 10 minute time cap caused some deflation in people's spirits. I say, who gives a shit about a time cap? That mean's for 10 minutes you work as hard as you can, you work your ass off like there is no tomorrow, you leave it on the floor; sweat, blood and tears. You shouldn't moan about not being able to finish, because in admitting defeat you are 50% of the way already defeated. You are bound by an iron will and determination that has no crutch - you are a predator.
When was the last time you backed down from something? Scared, humiliated, or humbled? At what point in your CrossFit "life" did you finally start to realize that you can do all the things you have ever wanted to? Yes, there is no lie here, you have to work really friggin hard. It is my hope, and possibly understanding, that you already know this. I am not writing to be redundant, I am writing to get you over that mental stalemate in your mind. One of our athlete's recently competed in the Opens 11.3 WOD (on CrossFit.com http://games.crossfit.com) and she added a piece that I could truly say is completely selfless, don't do it for you, do it for someone you know - make every rep about a HERO who passed, a family member, a friend in need, or someone who doesn't have the ability to walk everyday. Take a AMRAP (as many rounds/reps as possible) and donate a $1 with every rep you get to a cause that you support.
This post is about last night's workout that had a time limit and the open workout for week 4. Every workout starts with taking the first step, in this case dropping to the floor.
If I could do every rep for you, I would, but in this situation, I will be cheering, unbiasedly judging, or performing the workout myself.
So let's kick this one straight in the nuts, OPEN WOD #4, we are gunning for ya!