A New Attitude (Wed 5/5/10)

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A few months ago I found a friend of mine from back when I used to coach volleyball at the University of Colorado (facebook rocks, doesn’t it?). She posted a comment on a picture of mine (I think I was doing an overhead squat or something) that said something to the effect of, “you do CrossFit too?” Long story short, she just helped her affiliate team (Flatirons CrossFit in Boulder, CO) qualify for the Affiliate Cup competition at the 2010 CrossFit Games in L.A.! She was an awesome volleyball player, an awesome person, and has become an awesome CrossFitter. She also writes a blog called Change Myself. Change The World., and her post for May 4 was right along the lines of what I was going to write for your daily dose of CrossFit philosophy, so I thought I’d share it with you.

A New Attitude

A funny thing happened yesterday. I went to CrossFit ready to work. The task was to find my 1 rep max weight on front squat. I had no idea how much I could do just once. I figured I would start at 100, add 5 each attempt, and end up around 125. But Tim saw me do one squat at 85 and said “Start with 125 and go up from there”. My response was the same as always. “You’ve got to be kidding”. But then I tried 125 and it wasn’t too bad. So I tried 135. No problem. 140… 145… 150… 155… My max ended up being 165!

It is amazing how much more we are capable of than we believe possible. The tentative response to a challenge is a knee-jerk reaction that needs to be overcome. For me the comments are partially made in jest and I think that is okay – a little joke now and then to ease pressure of impending doom. (See? Heh). But I also need to be careful not to undermine my own performance with underlying self-doubt. I know if I constantly try things that seem impossible it won’t always go the way it did yesterday. But I also know that sometimes it will. That said, I have a new response when Tim tells me to try something that sounds impossible. “Yes Sir”.

Well said, Karen. You can play front row and jump serve for the rest of the season.


Deadlift 5-5-3-3


5 Rounds for time:

10 Power Cleans (135/93)
10 Handstand Pushups
400m Run


50 V-ups (I called these “Pike-Ups” last time)