You have to start somewhere, why not the CrossFit Games. Don’t let the picture fool anyone, I look more prepared than I really am. I managed to pull off an 8 minute Elizabeth at the Rogue Workout Field, and the day before shaved another 30 seconds off my Fran time with something left in the tank. At this point it was clear, with some determination, drive, and discipline my goal of top 100 in the Southwest Regional Open Games in 2013 could be a reality.
I currently call CrossFit Yuma my home affiliate. However, I do travel quite a bit with my job, and have friendly homes in various other locations such as, Salinas Valley Strength and Carolina CrossFit. In addition to my work at affilates, I’ve established the foundation of a good home gym. My current program is to hit at least one affiliated or programmed WOD 6 days a week. On days were I can combine two WODs, whether the WOD is a metcon, functional movement practice, or strength work, I do so.
Nutrition is truly paramount in any successful goal for fitness. I began a Paleo nutritional plan in March. In one month I nearly PR’d every strength workout, and improved my Fran time by 3 minutes! I’ve managed to do well considering my traveling, but as with any plan, I can always do better. For now it’s a 80/20 rule on the road, and 90/10 at home. Focusing on meal plans rather than go with the flow is priority number one on the nutritional front. As I move into more demanding WODs, nutrition will become even more important in reachingmy goal.
Coaching. As with any endeavour a plan is needed. My affiliate has some great coaches, and they push and train me to be my best. Unfortunately to compete at a higher level requires more personal or micro managing of my program. The big picture programs at an affilate keep me in check, but not geared to correct my weakness and advance my strengths. On the hunt for a coach, and may have found one (2200 miles away).
SLEEP!!! REST!!! Without either there is no advancement. Anyone who watched the 2012 CrossFit Games saw the demands of the athletes. Behind the scenes were endless assistants, coaches, family, etc. helping the athletes recover. One of the keys aspects to the athletes success was their ability to rest. This doesn’t mean necessarily sleeping or napping. No, rest can be active recovery as well. Many athletes recovered by massage or mobility stretches. Others focused on counter exercise to offset the muscle groups. The activity of CrossFit is by far one of the most demanding physically and mentally sports. Allowing the body and mind to recover prevents injury and supports active neurological growth.
Education. Learning how to move fluidly and efficiently is as important as strength and agility. When they all fall together power is acheived. I’ve been on a path to learn more about CrossFit. As of July I received certification for Mobility and Movement, and in August will have completed Level 1 certification.
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