Sunday, February 12, 2012

Ego

February 7, 2012

Ego [ee-goh]
noun, plural e-gos
1. the "I" or self of any person; a person as thinking, feeling and willing, and distinguishing itself from the selves of others and from objects of its thought.
2. Psychoanalysis. the part of the psychic apparatus that experiences and reacts to the outside world and this mediates between the primitive drives of the if and the demands of the social and physical environment.
3. egotism; conceit; self-importance
4. self esteem or self image; feelings.



This sign is PERFECT for any CrossFit box, and really should be thought about before every workout. Its message is the point I have been trying to get across to myself (and through this blog) all along. Sometimes its harder to digest than others, sometimes it only feels natural to be upset if you dont finish "first" or at the top of the list. As an athlete you always have to remember to just put your best foot forward, push as hard as you can and be damn proud that you have accomplished what you set out to do.

In life your ego will only get you so far and the same is true for CrossFit. You learn very quickly how important practice and consistency is. One of the best parts of CrossFit is that there is always something you can do better. There is always improvement... so whether you are just starting up, or have been doing it for years when you reach a goal, there is always another to be set.

When I started, my best friend was that big black band to assist me with my pullups... as time progressed I "graduated" to smaller and smaller bands and now I am kipping!! Thats not the end of the line, my kipping will progress, my timing will get better, I will get faster... see how this works yet? The same holds true for my double unders which will only get better in time... I just have to learn to understand that with every day comes a new challenge... as long as I "give it a solid effort" I have nothing to be shameful of.

As I said, I needed this one today. The WOD was filled chock full of my "ego-crushing" exercises... double unders, pushups, dips, pullups... my nightmare!! I pressed on and faced the WOD as hard as I could. I made sure to attempt every single one of those double unders. I kipped all 15 pullups... and as hard as they were I held my form trough all of the pushups. I held my head high and knew regardless of time, I did it.

WARMUP: 
3 Rounds
- 20 Walking Lunges
- 15 Hollow Rocks
- 10 Med Ball Cleans
- 5 Inchworms
2 Min Spiderman (each leg)

WOD: "Brick" for Time
- 100 Double Unders
- 50 Squats
- 25 HR Pushups
- 10 Burpees
- 5 Muscle Ups (or 15 Pullups, 15 Dips)
- 10 Burpees
- 25 HR Pushups
- 50 Squats
- 100 Double Unders
(My Time 20:08)

SKILL/STRENGTH:
5 X 200m Row
42, 42, 42, 42, 43

WEEK 4, DAY 2: Paleo Challenge
Post Workout Shake - 2 Scoops Protein
Morning Tea
Morning Snack - 2 Egg Muffins with Mushrooms, Onion, Tomato
Lunch - Leftover Apple and Onion Pork Chops and a Paleo Banana Bread Muffin
Afternoon Snack - Lara Bar
Afternoon Tea
Dinner - Crock Pot Chicken with Sauce, Mushrooms, Onion and Spaghetti Squash

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