Coach Dan’s Sunday Spotlight 11.6.2016

Good afternoon CFTP,

I hope this week has been a good one for you. First of all, a little update on the apparel. I am getting the clothing items and will have all of them by mid week. I will then take them to the printers to get printed. My goal is to have everything printed and in your hands by Thanksgiving at the latest. It takes time when it comes to printing things. The apparel is pretty awesome though so I am excited to get them in your hands.

Today, you get another horse analogy. :). This past Thursday I was out riding my horse, Piper. Piper is the horse that I ride most often and the one I am most comfortable on. This past Thursday, no matter what I did I couldn’t get comfortable on Piper. Both Piper and I weren’t clicking and she had a bit of crow hopping going on. We continued on but the experience overall for me was not great.

So when my dad asked me to go riding again on Saturday I was hesitant. I was lacking confidence. It wasn’t fun for me last time and even though in the past it had been enjoyable and I had good experiences I lost some confidence on Piper. I couldn’t get out of my head and was worried that I was going to have another bad experience.

Luckily, I went out and this time around it was totally different. Piper and I were clicking and the ride was amazing.

Why do I share this story? Well, I have had a similar experience in the gym this past week. This week is the week of the CrossFit Liftoff. In the CrossFit Liftoff you have a workout and you also find a max clean and jerk and max snatch. On Thursday night I went for my max snatch. No matter what I did I could not get comfortable under the bar. I had done 200 pounds in the past and for the life of me I could not even hit 185. I tried and tried and failed and failed. So I called it a night.

I then came in on Saturday and the same situation repeated itself. I was frustrated to say the least. I am still frustrated but frustration can be a good thing as long as it leads you to improvement.

We are all going to have struggles on certain lifts or certain movements. There are going to be some days where everything is going to be amazing and there are going to be some weeks where it feels like you are setting new personal records daily. Then there are going to be days like Thursday and Saturday for me, where nothing is clicking. There are going to be days where you feel like you will never get to those goals.

The question is, how are you going to react? Are you going to call it quits and say, “well the snatch just isn’t my movement.” or “It’s ok, I’ll never get a pullup.” or “My body isn’t meant to do that…” or are you going to address the problems and work to improve your weak areas.

We all have things to work on. Are you going to work on those things today or are you going to be forced to work on them a year from now? I hope you all take the attitude of a winner and not a loser. Losers give up as soon as there is a stumbling block. Winners will find a way to overcome the stumbling blocks and they do it as soon as they see them. They don’t wait. They don’t wait to get double unders on the Thursday night after CrossFit has announced that there will be double unders in the open WOD. They don’t wait for overhead squats to be programmed in the open to start working on them.

We will never master everything in the CrossFit world. There will always be something for us to work on. That’s what is so great about CrossFit. We are always being challenged. But just because we can’t master everything doesn’t mean we can’t constantly be improving on everything.

Coach Dan

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