The last installment of mental toughness. Our game plan went to hell around the 5th rep. That goal of 9 minutes seems childishly naive now that its 8 minutes in and I still have a full round to go. 155# that seemed easy when you did 5 reps for a warm up seems a bit different now that you are on rep 32. The planned 10 second rest to catch your breath real quick just turned into 45 seconds, and felt like 2 seconds. BUT….death before DNF.
A quick summary/recap… in order to be as mentally prepared as possible we need to
• a) believe in our ability to succeed and reframe negative thoughts into positive ones,
• b) have an internal insatiable determination to succeed
• c) and be able to remain calm and composed under pressure.
But sometimes that isn’t enough, or something goes wrong, we lose focus and experience a thorough ass-kicking. What then?
The fourth and final pillar of Mental Toughness is resiliency, i.e. the ability to completely screw up mid workout (or even for the entire workout) and bounce back from it. Or in the wise words of George A. Custer
“It’s not how many times you get knocked down that counts; it’s how many times you get back up”
Mental Toughness – In Conclusion
So there you have it. The four pillars that together make up the foundation of mental toughness
1. (Positive) Self-Belief
2. Motivation & Determination
3. Composure Under Pressure
Going into competition it can be easy to let thoughts like “am I ready?” “What if that one workout I DON’T want to see shows up” or “I should have trained harder” slip into our minds if we let them. Don’t let them. We can’t change what we have (or haven’t done) leading up to the today, all we can do is focus on what we will do from now on in.
Give 100% in your training and mental preparation leading up to the competition, step onto the floor ready to leave it all out there and walk away from each WOD knowing you did the best you could do and were as prepared as you could have been. Don’t self-handicap or allow yourself an easy out before you even step into the competition. Thoughts like “I didn’t do as well as I wanted but I haven’t trained as hard as I could” or “I might have done better had I applied myself more” is a safety net. If the safety net is there you are more likely to let yourself fall into it. Take the safety net away, train hard, go hard and enter each workout ready to do whatever it takes to reach the outcome you want. Whether or not you achieve it you will know you did everything in your power to reach that goal and can then refocus all your attention on the next task rather than waste time and energy thinking about what ‘might have been’.
Tabata Handstand Hold
6 Plank Row Pushups (25/35)
8 Toes Through Rings
12 Wall Ball (14/20)
Strength is Happiness. Strength is itself victory. In weakness and cowardice there is no happiness. When you wage a struggle, you might win or you might lose. But regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being.