Discouraged...

I read the post below on CrossFit Invictus' Blog today and it really hit home. I've been feeling extremely discouraged since completing my "90 Days of CrossFit". I'm lacking motivation, because I'm not seeing the gains I expected of myself despite my obvious improvement since Day 1. It's hard when you expect results that don't come. I'm not nearly as excited about CrossFit as I have been in the past. I don't know why, but I'm just feeling a little disappointed in myself. And the lack of motivation just adds to this. I've missed two workouts in this week alone. I've made up one and will make up the one from yesterday today, but I hate that I'm not doing them on the day they show up.


"CrossFit is humbling. It is humbling regardless of your ability or level of fitness. There will ALWAYS be a new goal to chase - a faster time, a heavier weight, etc…. CrossFit provides a system that allows you to improve and progress regardless of how studly you become. The system keeps you from dreaded plateaus, but it also enables those prone to perfectionism an opportunity to feel as if they aren’t good enough - ever. I don’t believe we will ever completely alter the internal drive to achieve in these individuals. Instead, I suggest that all athletes take a longer view of their fitness goals. Permit yourself a bad day, or even a bad week, with the knowledge and confidence that if you persist you will ultimately achieve all of your goals. Perfection (as near as one can get) will be best achieved through persistence and patience."


I basically need some kind of jolt to jump start my passion for CrossFit again. Or maybe I need a break from it. I don't know. I'm going to the beach for vacation in a week, which will give me 4 days off (except for the burpees). I'm thinking about not taking any more rest days until then. Maybe I'll stray away from the CF.com WODs and just pick and choose some fun WODs.

Or maybe it's just this gross rainy weather that's making me feel so under-motivated:). I could really do with some sunshine!!

2 comments:

Jay Ashman said...
May 6, 2009 at 8:12 PM

I hardly ever do the mainsite workouts, once in a while I will do them if I want to, but I pool from a heavy metcon list, CFFB and stuff I make up.

Suggestion... take a look at Crossfit jacksonville's programming. Its insanity and it may be the challenge that will drive you to the next level and keep your motivation strong.

check them out, I don't want to see one of our own get discouraged. :)

Rebecca said...
May 8, 2009 at 1:54 AM

Hey Kate,

I've been going through something of a slump myself. I find that motivation can wax and wane. It can be good to take a break - it can be good to take a 50% effort week just to let your reserves build up.

Alternatively, you might feel like you are missing focus now that your 90 day challenge is over and (other than the burpees) you don't have any specific goals. Have you seen the fitness level challenges here: http://docs.google.com/View?docid=dg5q4wwg_0ghq7vj. Originally created by a Crossfit Affiliate in Seattle, I think. You could make it your goal to check off all the level 1 skills by the end of the year (or whatever time line you decide on).

Hope you have a good weekend!