Monday, Jan. 16

I had a great experience this weekend at my first olympic lifting meet and had some thoughts I'd like to share, hopefully I don't bore you too much. First off, why the heck did I wait so long to do this? I have been doing CrossFit for two years and I have just started to dedicate real time and effort to these lifts. I would be such a better CrossFitter and would be a lot stronger today had I started training these lifts sooner. I can't overstate how being strong will help you in every way and the snatch and clean and jerk will make you strong. Sure, there is a lot of technique to learn, but it's worth the practice and I hope you will give them a try. Seeing the other lifters was inspiring and I got to witness some really great lifts. The main point here is not that everyone needs to be an olympic lifter, just that you should try new things. Once again, CrossFit has exposed me to something that I would never had attempted and I really like it. You may find you like gymnastics, power lifting or something else, but you'll never know unless you try. And I mean really try, not just give it a shot during a 12 minute AMRAP and call it good. Spend some serious time practicing, and if you don't like it move on. But you may discover something you really love.

The last thing is that I was pretty nervous and a little scared to do this meet. I didn't have nearly as much practice time as I wanted and I knew there was a chance I could miss every lift. It's very different to stand on a platform in front of judges with a lot of people watching and try to perform. Not the comfortable environment of the home gym for sure. But I am so glad I did it. I haven't put myself in a spot like that in a while. Sure I compete at the gym a lot, but there's no real pressure. I encourage you to put yourself in a situation like this too sometime. It doesn't have to be a lifting meet, but get uncomfortable - do a workout in the cold or give a speech at work - just do something that takes you out of your comfort zone and forces you to perform under pressure. Sure, I missed a couple of lifts on Saturday, and I'm sure it had a lot to do with me not being mentally right before I lifted. I was nervous and thinking about other things and the technique suffered. I am sure that forcing myself to focus under pressure will pay off in life.

Sorry, one more last thing - I met some amazing people and made some new friends. Thanks to everyone that helped coach me and gave me pointers throughout. I couldn't have done it without you.

Workout for Monday, Jan. 16 Warmup Jump Rope 2 min. 3 Rounds 10 Sit ups 10 Superman 10 Ring Rows 10 OHS

Strength Weighted Pullups 3-3-3-3-3

WOD 4 Rounds for time 10 Pistol Squats 15 Toes to Bar 50 m Farmers Carry (95/65)