In Crossfit and in life, it’s important to set goals. The goals you set need to be reasonable and attainable. Over time it’s important to revise your goals so that they reflect your improvement. Many times it’s difficult to see our own improvement, and to see how much progress we’ve made since setting a similar goal in the past. For example, we recently had a 21-15-9 workout comprised of dead lifts, pullups and a 200 meter run. When I first looked at the workout, I was inclined to set a goal of twelve minutes. I even factored out how much time on average per round and how many seconds per rep it would take to meet my goal of 12 minutes. Once I arrived at the box and began looking over some of the other scores on the board, I realized my goal might not be ambitious enough. I try not to compare myself to others as much as I do to myself, but I feel that it’s important to take a look a the whiteboard to get a baseline average of what the scores are for a particular workout. In other recent workouts I’ve also noticed that I’m just meeting, or barely exceeding my goals by a few reps, which made me start to think that my goals are too easily attained.
Revisit and Revise
We have to continue to revise our goals based on our increased ability over time. I revised my goal for this particular workout to 10 minutes and then pushed myself during the workout to reach a pace that would achieve the new goal. About halfway through the round of 15 reps I felt like I began dragging a little bit, but I pushed through, cut my rest times and finished with a time of 9:47.
So what’s the point of this rambling? As we continually get stronger and faster, we have to revise our goals and be tougher on ourselves. This applies as much to increasing weight as it does to maximizing reps or reducing times. We’re never going to know if we can lift more, unless we try to lift more.