Are You Comfortable with Uncomfortable? Monday, Aug 30th (100 DOB Day 61)

Vicki and Rick

Weekly Warmup:
DJM
3 sets
20 Double Unders
10 Pistols (5 per leg)
3 HSPUs (2 seconds down, pause 1 sec at bottom, explode up)

WOD:
For Time:  execute Sumo Deadlift High Pull and Push Jerk in one of the below rep/load options.  Level 1 will only do Option 1 or 2 reps scheme regardless of load used.  If using a load lighter than Option 3, pick the rep scheme that is reflective of how heavy that load is for you (heavier = lower reps).  You MUST go ALL OUT (100%) on your first round no matter what rep scheme.  Read the quote below the post for more info.

Option 1:
12-9-6-3
Sumo Deadlift High-Pull ( 155/105)
Push Jerk (155/105)

Option 2:
15-12-9-6-3
SDHP (115/80)
Push Jerk (115/80)

Option 3:
21-18-15-12-9-6-3 of:
SDHP (75/55)
Push Jerk (75/55)

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Joey Warren is one of OPT’s top competitive Big Dawgs.  Here’s a great quote from him describing how he learns to push himself mentally.  For today’s WOD, we’re going to explore that place where you want to dial back/slow down, and we’re going to push through.

How do you push through the pain? How do you get mental toughness? How do you get better, stronger, faster?
“I have been receiving a few emails on how to become competitive in Crossfit, what is the right formula, how do I take it to the next level. There is no right answer to that question, especially in a sport like Crossfit, and especially since the sport is so new. It is finding what works for you, and maybe that comes from trying what has worked for others. What I do know is to be the best that you can be, you have to give it 100% and get comfortable with the uncomfortable. So how do you do this. Below are some things that I learned this past year and some strategies I use that I would suggest to anyone wanting to be competitive, really for any sport.
Find something that gets you excited to train. If that means take some time off, then do that. Thats the hardest thing to do, and I can’t do it too well, but I definitely learned to listen to my body. I see too many people that dont do this and end up injured or continually workout at 90% or less, never really achieving 100%. The times I have hit my workouts the hardest have always been after an injury when I can’t wait to get back at it. So take a lesson from me and prevent the injuries from happening and take some time off to relax until you cannot stand it anymore. You can also take this time to do workouts you enjoy from a strength program to yoga. But just find a way that gets you excited to train and hit it 100%. I always imagine that i am lucky to just be able to move around the way I can, so I take advantage of it.
Pushing 100% and taking yourself to a place beyond what you thought was possible takes practice and Im not sure if you ever truly get comfortable with it, maybe just more confident. That confidence comes from just doing it. That is what I am focusing on right now, it is the only way to get better, to keep pushing through. Its what prevented me from winning the games. Here are some strategies that I use to push through. My sole focus during the workouts right now is pushing as hard as I can, no thinking abut the time, and no thinking about failing, just trying. I actually want to fail right now. That means I pushed hard, very hard! Its challenging to go to failure, its a mental test. Right now I sprint the first round of any wod as fast as I can go and just struggle through the rest of the wod, no pacing, that makes it a lot tougher. I have side bets with the guys I workout with; who can win the first round, and who can win the rest of the workout. I did this strategy recently in a 20 min amrap, it made the rest of the wod very interesting. It almost helps me push harder. There are always those wods where you think they will be easy then get surprised by how difficult it is. Its hard to push through there because you werent expecting that and all that goes through my mind is why is it so difficult. When I push hard early it gets me in the right mindset that this is going to be hard, but I know I can push through. This helps me get comfortable with the very uncomfortable.
Lastly positive self talk is crucial, listen to what goes on inside your head during workouts, try to make it positive as if you were coaching someone else. This is not easy! Try to even smile during the wods, and tell yourself it is fun and you like it! You may look crazy but realize it is fun, at least afterward is fun knowing youre done and you achieved going 100%. I have surprised myself the last couple weeks when the voice inside my head says you can’t do it, slow down, and I just try to ignore it expecting to fail (which is what Im shooting for) but to my surprise I have been achieving. It shows I have more potential than I even think. I need to work on that voice inside my head a little bit. But doing it and surprising myself builds confidence which in turn helps to get comfortable with the uncomfortable. Try it!”

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