Welcome to “Guest Post Friday”! I will be featuring posts from individuals who have solid input about the mental side of fitness, training, and life. I tend to gravitate towards witty and honest posts, that give you tips and advice.
I love this post because Michele reminds us that we all need to think about our “why”. The stronger your reasoning for doing something, the more likely you’ll be successful.
Check out this post from Michele Letendre which she originally posted on her blog.
“Today was another great effort day. We did some shuttle sprints, 100m sprints and a 300m yard shuttle in 6 x 20 there and back…I think followed by a 200m run conditioning piece. As you can imagine, it was hard and uncomfortable. I think I finally understood that it’s going to hurt and that I may as well start to get comfortable with uncomfortable. We hear that often but this is really what training for the CrossFit Games is about. Ben’s repeated this many times, we don’t know what they’re going to throw at us but we KNOW FOR SURE it’s gonna suck, so might as well do things that suck.
NOW, that being said, it’s hard to do things that suck what seems to be ALL the time. So today after our second session, Ben put down the poster of “The Process” that he made. One key point of The Process is to remember WHY you love this. Everyone loves CrossFit, it’s awesome, but to get to where I want to get, there are “sacrifices” and really hard work. When you need to work on what sucks, it’s very easy to focus on the suck and to talk yourself out of doing it.
I go through that suck because I LOVE sport and I love challenges. I love the feeling of accomplishment that comes from ANY form of hard work. The CrossFit Games are an accomplishment in it of itself and what comes of the CrossFit Games will also be an accomplishment. Therefore, everything that I do, EVERYTHING, for the CrossFit Games will be worth every ounce of sweat, tears and probably other bodily fluids once I’m on that competition floor in front of thousands of people cheering on and acknowledging as much as myself all that hard work.
I love training for the CrossFit Games because it makes me realize things about myself and it makes me question and it makes me doubt and everything in between, but once there, that feeling of getting through everything, of competing alongside strong and hard working women and men, is just so satisfying and so overwhelming.”