It's easy to feel down about your workouts when it seems like you're not making much progress, especially when others are making a lot more progress than you. I'm coming up on my three-year anniversary with CrossFit. When I started, I was 20 pounds heavier, lots more depressed, never worked out, yadda yadda yadda. 

When I started, there were a few really good athletes at the box, and some pretty good ones, and a lot of people like me. It seems like when we moved to the newer location, a couple things happened. The coaching became a lot better and higher-caliber athletes started going. So newer women would get the same strength PRs that I would get. Frustrating since I had been working so hard for so long, but whatev. Good for everyone. We're all better now.

I haven't really made any strength gains in a year. BUT I also haven't really changed anything this past year, except now I coach. Have I changed my eating? A little, but not anything crazy. I still work out 4-5 times a week and when we go for strength PRs, I don't really push myself. So maybe it's my fault.

We've been doing at least one benchmark every week and I've been kind of snarky about my gains. But they are gains; I'm not really falling back. In reality, in the past two months, I've set PRs in:

  • Fight Gone Bad
  • Murph
  • 5K run
  • 1 mile run
  • Jackie
  • Helen
  • Angie

There may be only a one second gain here and there, but they're gains. 

So if I actually want to do better, I could do a few things.

  • Stop comparing myself to other people. There's a lot that happens outside of CrossFit that accounts for our times.
  • Do outside work. Lift weights. Get stronger.
  • Actually try to run faster, since it seems to be holding me back.
  • Work on my squat. It's terrible and once it improves, I think a lot will improve.
  • Figure out a way for my hands not to rip open all the time. Gross.

1 comment:

Gabe said...

* Wear more flashy pants. Awesome.