Hopefully you are getting somewhere in your pursuit of fitness and health. There are many factors that come into play, all of which we have a tremendous amount of control over, if we so choose. One of the basic principles of being good at anything and seeing results in whatever it is you are attempting is “consistency”.
Being consistent in your efforts will yield tremendous results and seperate you from the ordinary. It is a bit of committment that you have to give. That dry-throat, “whooshing” blood in the eardrums sound and jackhammering heart several days a week….they are called “commitment”.
Sure you could be nice and comfy on the couch, surfing the tube. But remember this, while you were skipping a day without a valid reason, someone else was training. When they meet you in competition, they will beat you. I walk into the gym each day in preparation of playing a very realisitic game called “life”, at least as it is defined by my profession and those of many of my clients. If I lose at this game, it can be the loss of my life – I am NOT going to lose that game.
Now of course there are valid times and reasons to ease off the pedal for a bit. Sickness, fatigue, much needed recovery and time spent with your family can trump the necessity to train or eat right every single day. That’s fine and it’s healthy, as long as it’s not a simple case of laziness or “sissification”.
I am not saying you need to be in the gym every single day, but you shouldn’t epxpect to get by on one day a week and then wonder A) why you’re not getting fitter, thinner, stronger, or B) wonder how it is you got your ass handed to you in a scrap with a seemingly out of shape parolee. I am saying that you give 100% to your workouts when you walk in the door consistently at least every other day. Don’t worry about trying to be a firebreather right off the bat – intensity is relative, so be smart, yet go hard. Commit to it and train hard. Some days harder than others, some days good and some bad, but make an effort to work diligently as much as you can, while maintaining a healthy balance of rest and other pursuits.
Way back when I was still racing bikes all over Hell’s Half Acre, someone once asked me who my cycling heros were. My response was “anyone willing to get on this uncomfortable contraption, for hours on end, day after day, and do it for the enjoyment of riding or racing in any condition and place”. So it goes with CrossFitters. I am impressed by the folks that walk into our gym everyday. They understand “it”, put their nerves on ice in anticipation of the WOD, suck it up, suffer, laugh about it at the end and then come back again. It’s a beautiful thing. And know this, they too will not be beaten.
Rest up today and we will see you in the next evolution.