“Strength is not about being Strong”
So how do you prepare? Can you prepare for what it takes to be “Strong”? How do you know what will test your strength? You can practice, train and mentally dial into every aspect of what you think will be asked of you, but will it be enough? Will it be like last time? Will I be able to handle it if I’ve never experienced it before?
*************3 months later************************
I guess this question had me stumped…. it has been three months since I started this post. I’m not sure that even with that amount of time I have been able to come up with a solid answer. It seems most people take a look ahead and start a plan… then they implement the plan…. assess the plan in action and then evaluate and change what didn’t work. LIFE DOESN’T WORK THIS SLOW and PREDICTABLE… ever heard of Plan B? That is because so many times Plan A is kicked to the curb in the evaluation process. Many times the plan seems solid and we don’t even consider needing a Plan B, then when we evaluate Plan A we are scrambling to regroup for this “What the heck do I do now” phase. Again, life isn’t a science fair project displayed for you to just sit and look at. You really do need some kind of backup plan if the volcano doesn’t erupt when you combine the ingredients while all the judges are watching.
So I ask the question again… Can you prepare for what it takes to be “Strong” — Can you prepare for what it takes to have “Strength“?
January is the ultimate time of self-evaluation. Resolutions to change, improve, do that ONE thing you have always said you would do are in just about every other conversation. So….. DID YOU MAKE A PLAN? What parts of your life are you giving priority to? After spending some time with a dear friend and mentor lately, we discussed setting my goals. Similar to resolutions, I realized that if I made a list of 10 goals for myself I would certainly not be able to give 100% to all 10 things equally. This means even more reflection and prioritizing those goals. Am I willing to change what I have at the top of my list or can I just put it in a holding pattern? I decided to make two list. One has big, long-term goals with supportive measure to achieve those bigger goals. The second is the do now and “make it happen” list.
I am coming out of an autopilot mode and forcing myself to take control again. We never know what will test our strength. I believe that you can’t put away all your tools just because the work seems to be done. Autopilot is nice! It is comfortable, it is usually not a bumpy ride and you are anticipating a smooth landing. What happens when you are given the controls before you are ready? Regardless, it’s time to step up. You can’t worry about what was supposed to happen but must now form that Plan B and get it done. In CrossFit it’s all about training for the unknowable. Last year when I got injured, I didn’t have time to pout about it (ok so I may have pouted a few times.. but then I got my ass handed to me in a particular Deadlift/pushup WOD-twice). Injury required a Plan B.
ADAPT and OVERCOME.
The last 6 months has been hard on my inner strength due to that injury. I could not get past the fact that doing a simple push up hurt, so advancing skills and lifts was out of the question. How can I train to be STRONG when my STRENGTH is tied up in a knot. I had to transition into maintenance mode…. good luck getting a Crossfitter to agree to that. Once I believed in my Plan B, it actually started working. Sometimes you just need that little voice that has been telling you the entire time to slow down to say it one more time. Just a few weeks ago I jumped back in a WOD and instead of having to manipulate my ROM to not hurt, I was done and IT DIDN’T HURT. The true test was to test again. FINALLY! Things are mending and I’m getting Stronger – now I need to work on mending my Strength.
I still am working everyday on both being STRONG and having STRENGTH. I know that it takes a lot of effort, sacrifice, persistence and determination to build something amazing ——– and that is exactly what I want!
What are you asking of yourself in 2011?