Developing a Plan
Many of our athletes participating have limited or distant formal competitive experience. Especially if you're feeling nervous about the whole thing, try to develop a game plan so that you gain a better sense of control and predictability for the workouts. This could be as simple as knowing what weights you're going to use, having a strategy for pacing the workout and asking other people what they plan on doing. That being said, it's important to be flexible and accept that you will probably have to modify your plan on the fly.
What can be done from now until then?
Not knowing what the events will be until a couple days or hours before competition is pretty standard in CrossFit. Developing the physical and mental capacity to deal with the "unknown and unknowable" is at the root of our philosophy and something you should keep in mind for the Winter Challenge. At this point, no genuine adaptation can be created specific to the workouts so the best you can do is try and refine your skill somewhat. Anyone who has come to our two Hoboken Skill Sessions has already toyed with the exercises and should feel a little more confident with the movements and workouts. Clean and Jerks, Kipping Ring Dips and Rowing are the only movements in the event which require significant coordination. Focus on them and work sub maximally to clean up any lingering form issues.
Ask yourself why you signed up for the event. Some folks are competing for rank while others are doing it more as a personal test. Whatever your reasons, remember to stay positive about the experience and simply do your best that day. You may end up exceeding or falling short of your personal expectations, either way, use it as a learning experience and always put things in perspective. Also remember that although the events are all individual competition, you're still part of a team and you're representing our affiliate. Set a good example for yourself, your cohorts and your competition.
This weekend's class are at 8, 9 and 10am.
There is no 7pm Hoboken Skill session tonight, I'll see you on Thursday!
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