To compete or not to compete, that is the question
Fitness Hippie, week 16
This will be a quick write up today, life happens and there are coals on the fire that are super hot. Blah blah blah long story short, I promised a Fitness Hippie and, usually mid week something comes to me. And nothing had yet. But here at 3 pm on a Friday, here it is. Why compete? And why not?
Lets get a few things out of the way first:
If you compete, and thrive to compete, and love to compete, the bad news: you are absolutely more prone to injury, burnout, and overtraining.
However, most important disclaimer: you are also apt to break PR’s, change the way you think about your “ceiling,” and maybe change your whole outlook on who you are and what you are capable of.
And also, your risk of “injury” is still minimal if you rest, eat well, and train intelligently. But pushing boundaries comes with a bit more of a risk, but the reward is absolutely worth it.
It is my pet peeve to hear people tell me what they shot on a golf course with their buddies (as fun as casual golf is) and think that somehow that is a comparison to what playing tournament golf is like. Until you’ve actually played by the rules (made every putt, re-tee every ball out of bounds, go back to the last shot for every lost ball) you have no idea what you really shot.
Its the same in fitness, and in CrossFit. You may think you are a big fish in a decent sized pond. But I encourage everyone to give it a shot. Go see what its like. You may hate it, which is totally fine!! Competition anymore in golf for me is seriously stressful. I played an amazing practice round this year only to play really poorly in the actual tournament 24 hours later. It isn’t something that drives me anymore, however much I like the challenge.
But you don’t know until you know, and with our Pound for Pound Competition coming up, do you want to see how you handle a little bit of pressure? The judge giving you a no rep? A time to beat for something on the line (lots of prizes this year for the P4P!!
if you even have the slightest inkling, test yourself in a competition, or a weightlifting meet, or a triathlon. It may be the key to keeping your fire lit and give you something to train for. It may also be the clarity you need that this is just something fun for you and you can laugh off a bad day really easily. Either way, you win! Stay healthy friends