GPF: How to Use Mental Markers in a WOD

Welcome to “Guest Post Friday”! I will be featuring stories and tips from people in the CrossFit Community who have good input about the mental side of fitness, training and life. Enjoy the post!

Pass the fence.  Get to the pothole.  Round the light post.  Tag the far fence.  Breath, walk for a minute.   The rest of the group is already back in the gym but I still have 2 laps to go.  The first time I was at this gym I was embarrassed that I could not keep up with everyone but as my breath slowly comes back, I feel a glimmer of hope that I can do this.  I pick up the pace and run again to the next mental marker.   I use markers 20-30 yards apart for smaller goals instead of constantly having the overall length looming over me.
Now I am 19 pounds lighter since March and a whole lot stronger.  I use this drill to try and improve my running stamina –  50y run followed by 50yd walk repeat 10 times.

At 260, the weight is still a burden but seeing a small time improvement in the overall keeps me going.

  • It is not always about being first, it is about keeping up and beating your previous self.  Everyone is at a different place in fitness and beating another person really shows you nothing about your personal journey.

Bio: Fletcher Caldwell, SU and NOLS Grad, outdoor enthusiast, cyclist, heavy lifter, future marathoner/triathlete.  Texas born, Philly raised.  Married to an amazing woman and father of an incredible 4 year old boy.

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