LONG POST INCOMING
I tend to ramble when I write. I use more words than necessary to paint a bigger picture, but today I’ll try to be more to the point and hopefully this will open up a bigger discussion and the picture will paint itself.
Let me start by saying great job to everyone who participated in the Open. The PRs you set, the limits you broke, the mountains you climbed you should all be extremely proud of yourselves. Great, good now that that’s out of the way let’s move on.
Maxability finished 47th in the region. Not bad, but a far way off from the 15th place finish required to qualify for Regionals. Now comes the math. If you take the 15th place team in our region – CrossFit Roseland – and compare our scores to theirs, this is how the numbers shake out.
1 – +11.99%
2 – +16.45%
3 – +36.07%
4 – +13.27%
5 – +12.52%
Those numbers represent the percentage increase from our scores to match theirs (I have more in depth maths, but we’ll leave it at that). There are certain things we can gain from looking at these numbers. Our worst workout, comparatively, was 17.3 – our best 17.1. But really, we need to improve overall. The entire watermark needs to be raised.
It’s easy to look at those numbers and be discouraged. When you’re already pretty damn fit, asking someone to improve his or her score by 36.07% is otherworldly. But remember this is a team score. Six individuals attribute to this score. The individual improvement necessary is much smaller as a part of the larger picture.
This leads me to my first major point of this piece. At the end of every day you need to be able to look yourself in the mirror and ask yourself did you get .1% better today? That’s it. That’s all it takes to make a huge splash next year – .1%. Those small improvements when you add them all up over the course of the year, then multiply them by the six people representing Maxability make up the percentage difference between 15th place and us. Hold yourself accountable.
Now onto point number two. I’m talking to everyone in this group. Tim made this a point of pride at the holiday party – everyone has a role. It’s easy to read this article and think I’m only talking to a select few of your – I am not. If we want to do this thing, everyone needs to do better. Everyone needs to be more positive; everyone needs to push each other. So what you finished with this placing in the Open or this ranking at the gym. We all have strengths we can feed off of. You don’t think I look at someone like Powner’s score on a barbell WOD or Jen on a conditioning piece. If you don’t feel like you’re contributing to the team, or your scores/performance don’t matter, you’re flat out wrong. The environment we create will produce the results.
Lastly, and perhaps most important, it comes down to mindset. Just like any other sport. In traditional sports the mental aspect usually boils down to confidence, managing mistakes, and, for lack of a better term, belief. You know, the whole 90% mental 10% physical thing. In CF, the mental side manifests itself in the willingness to suffer and show up daily. This all comes back to holding yourself accountable – did you get .1% better today?
I was on the fence about this next part because I didn’t really want to call people out individually, but I think it can be a great learning experience for everyone involved and anyone reading this (I also cleared it with him before posting). So, let’s talk about Al for a bit.
But more importantly, let’s talk about mindset. I beat Al – often. Some might even say I shellack him on a regular basis, and trust me those people wouldn’t be wrong. Yet, in last year’s Open he beat me. At the CF competition at 908, he beat me. Why?
So this year, in anticipation of the Open I kept track of every workout Al beat in from January 1st. Granted, we don’t work out every day together. But I don’t think it’s a stretch to say we do the normally programmed WOD 4-5 days a week for comparisons sake. It’s been three months since Jan 1. That’s about 60ish workouts we’ve gone against each other in, not including the Open, and do you want to know how many times Al’s beaten me – 9 times.
Now, let’s look at the Open. Five workouts that mean everything in his mind. Al beat me in 4 out of 5 workouts. Why?
There could be a lot of factors, but at the end of the day it boils down to mindset. You could see the difference for him in mindset and preparation on Open days. You could make the snarky comment about ‘showing up on game day’ and sure that could be a factor, but it’s unacceptable on that consistent of a basis. Imagine the potential he has, or any of you reading this has, if you showed up and approached every workout like it was an Open workout. The sky’s the limit. And that’s really what I’m trying to stress here, you need to carry that mindset with you every day. Every time you step into the gym it should be game day.
That’s how you get .1% better everyday.