Knowing Where You Stand
I like to think of emotions as “energy in motion”.  When we get caught up in an emotional response to anything we are giving energy to it.  So the question becomes: is this a healthy use of your energy or a pathological one?  For anyone competing in the Opens, this is the perfect opportunity to see this at play and understand how perception factors into the equation.  
When you see where you rank in relation to others, it may elicit a perceived positive response:  you like what you see, it’s inline with your vision and it supports your values, which will create good feelings in that moment.  On the flip side, it may also elicit a perceived negative response:  you don’t like what you see, it isn’t what you envisioned for yourself and it challenges your values, which will create a host of bad feelings.  Week to week during the Opens, this good/bad perceptual swing is not all that different than the ups and downs of the “carb roller coaster”.  As athletes and coaches we know what moderating our blood sugar can do for our energy levels and well being, but did you know that moderating our emotions gives you similar benefits?
And just as with the carb roller coaster, there are consequences to the perceptual roller coaster.  The following are just two examples of what can happen when your emotions are out of check and become detrimental to your performance, but keep in mind the possible scenarios are endless….
  1. When you don’t like where you stand, you may waste energy engaging in negative self-talk to the degree that you will require others to pump you up.  You will require them to bring you back into a state of equilibrium so that you stop wasting energy on it.  Have you ever seen a client do this and rely on a coach to build them up?  In this scenario, the focus is shifted away from performance as the coach has to work towards rebuilding confidence.  
  2. When you are overly positive about your performance, you may over exaggerate yourself or your ability, go out too fast and burn out.  Have you ever done this before?  
When an athlete is truly in the zone, they have zero perception.  They don’t perceive a performance as good or bad.  The zone is void of perceptions and judgments because all that happens in that space is the performance itself as an athlete’s function, being and will align.
Last year at Regionals, I had an athlete contact me who was stuck in an emotional distraction.  A quick phone call and a little reflection on her part was all it took to neutralize the emotion and get back in the zone.
So if you find yourself having an emotional response to the leader board, incessantly looking at the app, or getting caught up in the constant chatter that goes with the Opens, get back to the basics in order to get into the zone.  If you find yourself having an emotional response to the results, ask yourself why?  Ask yourself what the drawbacks will be to you if you continue to have this emotional response and what the benefits are if you shift your focus back to your training?  These questions will begin to neutralize any emotions you have around your standings, and launch you back into the present moment so you can place your energy and focus on what really matters:  your performance.
– EARLY-BIRD ENDS SATURDAY! Level 1 Life Coach module has been added April 2 & 3 directly following the March 29-31 program design course.
– 1st TIME EVER IN EUROPE! OPT CCP level 1 Life Coach module coming to Uppsala, Sweden April 20-21 following Program Design April 16-18
10 min AD Z1
At high effort:
30 sec burpees
rest 2 min
30 sec no push up burpee box jumps 12"
rest 2:30
30 sec run sprint
rest 3 min
30 sec row sprint
rest 3:30
30 sec AD sprint
10 min walk cooldown
– no push up burpee box jumps are from standing down to plank position, then back up, jump off and rebound off, cycle fast!
A. emom – PC TnG x 3 65-75% of 1rm – 4mins
Row 30sec 97% effort
rest walk 3mins x 3
rest as needed
5min amrap open pace
7 T2B
10 wall balls 20/14# 10/9' target
– go very close to all out on rows
– try to increase pace per round
AD 45 min @Z1
Jog 10 min
A. BS @20X1; 2,2,1,1; rest 2-3 min (2s@80%, 1s@85-90%)
B. Emom 8 min – SJ x 1 (80-90%)
3 sets:
20 cal AD
3 rounds:
5 burpee box jump over
7 CTB chin ups
rest 5 min
rest as needed
1 set for time @100%:
Row 1k
A. PC cluster; 1.1.1 x 3; rest 15 sec, rest 2 min
B. CGBP; 2,2,2; rest 2-3 min
3 min amrap @open pace:
20 DU
10 S2OH (65#)
6 burpee box jump over
rest 5 min
3 min amrap @open pace:
AD 30 cals
Amrap MU in remaining time
rest as needed
1 set @100%:
Row 1k