Ladies Get Your Game Faces On!All right ladies, in the past few weeks Coach Paul has talked quite a bit about the "Leave No Survivors' CrossFit competition in June. It seems like alot of you are interested in the competition but are unsure of your skills and unsure of what it's all about. Hopefully this will answer some questions and ease some anxiety.
First I want to address the myth that you have to be "ready" for a comp. In case you have forgotten, one of the primary tenants of CrossFit Methodology is the CrossFit prepares you for any athletic task necessary. Athletes at CF Iota come in everyday, not knowing what the WOD will be. Sometimes we do workouts that are familiar...hello "Fran" or ones that we've done before. And sometimes we do workouts we have NEVER seen before. But you know what...we do them, we finish, and we succeed. A competition is like going to the box....except its in a different place and you are with different people, but its still just a workout. The best thing you can do to prepare is to keep going to class regularly and keep working hard.
Next, I think people forget that there are scaled categories in almost every CrossFit competition. The Leave No Survivors in June is no different. Remember, another of the primary tenants of CrossFit is that it is scalable to all levels of fitness.
Last, I highly recommend that everyone that is thinking about doing a CrossFit competition (and those of you who are not) take a good look at your diet! That's right, look at the food that you are putting into your mouth. Stop and think about it. If you're going to ask your body to go through multiple workouts and perform for you at a high level, you need to be treating and fueling it right. What does that mean? Plenty of meats and veggies, healthy fats. Lay off the sugars and refined grains. Also remember to drink plenty of water, especially as the temperatures start to rise this spring and summer.
I competed in my first CrossFit competition in February of this year. I've never been near the podium, but being in the competition is alot of fun. It helps you recognize you strengths and weaknesses as compared to the field...especially those of you interested in the games. Even if you aren't interested in being an 'elite' athlete, knowing your strengths and weaknesses helps you to set goals for yourself. One of the best experiences of competitions doesnt happen on the mat. We cheer each other on and really get to know one another in a way that doesn't happen during the week at the box. Competitions develop our community. And it's a time to show off to yourself and your family! Have they ever seen you lift heavy stuff or jump on a box or swing a kettlebell? This is a great way to share your CrossFit experience with them.
I hope this helps those of you who find yourself thinking about a competition. It is an AMAZING experience that I hope you will take advantage of.