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Old 02-05-2009, 10:38 PM   #1
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Question/advice about 'hitting the wall'/breaking through

Not sure if this is the best thread to post, but I figured the term 'fitness' works for the physical as well as mental aspect.
Anyway, on to my Q:

There's much talk about how Fran, Annie, and the rest of the 'ladies' made you puke, pass out, etc.

Curious to hear how you guys and ladies get past the mental part.
I mean there's a point when the body is saying Noooo, I'm done, I'm stopping...but the trainers/ego/pride/spirit/heart is yelling Goooo!

My karate workout kicked my butt last night. It was definitely comparable to a CF benchmark workout. My Sensei was yelling at me, "this is not where you give up! Keep going!" but my body didn't let me. My kicks got lower, uglier, and slower. I know I let my brain get the better of me, and I didn't like it. I know I could have done better, but at that moment, didn't have the mental strength and spirit to pull it all out.

Would love to hear what some of you guys do to when you hit the wall physically.

What kind of mental training are you doing to push yourselves past the breaking point? What do you do to avoid playing it safe?


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Old 02-05-2009, 10:54 PM   #2
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Re: Question/advice about 'hitting the wall'/breaking through

wfs
http://board.crossfit.com/showthread.php?t=32503
http://board.crossfit.com/showthread.php?t=17718
http://board.crossfit.com/showthread.php?t=23461
http://board.crossfit.com/showthread.php?t=3767
http://board.crossfit.com/showthread.php?t=3262
http://board.crossfit.com/showthread.php?t=3206
http://board.crossfit.com/showthread.php?t=2987

Should get ya started.
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Old 02-05-2009, 10:57 PM   #3
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Re: Question/advice about 'hitting the wall'/breaking through

Thanks Steven!!!
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Old 02-05-2009, 11:03 PM   #4
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Re: Question/advice about 'hitting the wall'/breaking through

The mental game I play with myself is "just one more." As in, "I don't have to keep going forever, but I can get just one more of these." And then one more. And then one more after that.

Sometimes it's five or ten, rather than one, but the idea is to have a target more reachable than "go forever." Not "never quit," but "not going to quit yet."

Mental training? My mother says I've been impossibly stubborn since the day I was born, so that's part of it, but anything that develops focus will help. Sitting meditation, kata practice, even intellectual stuff like chess.

Visualizing your teacher's head at the other end of the kick can help, too.

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Old 02-05-2009, 11:52 PM   #5
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Katherine,
The one more thing usually works for me when I'm doing my own workouts (e.g. racing against myself and time)

When someone else is doing the count (setting the pace), I some how loose it. Perhaps, it's because I'm no longer the one in control??

Will continue with this battle, but in the meantime, here are some interesting quotes/anecdotes/info found in the older posts that Steve posted links for:

-embrace the suck
-if you believe you can, you probably can, if you believe you can't, you probably can't.
-you'll likely puke or pass out before your heart stops
-there is no tomorrow

-sports psychology
-"Hard Routine" Article in CFJ 69 (May 2008)
-Dan Millman's "Warrior Athlete"
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Old 02-06-2009, 02:24 PM   #6
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Re: Question/advice about 'hitting the wall'/breaking through

I have kicked up my intensity by asking myself this when I think I am done "If my life depended on it could I do one more? If the life of someone I cared about depended on it could I do one more?"

Because you know what, one day it very well could. I have yet to not be able to get one more the first time I ask that question. Usually I can get several more before my body starts shutting me out.
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Old 02-06-2009, 02:51 PM   #7
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When someone else is doing the count (setting the pace), I some how loose it. Perhaps, it's because I'm no longer the one in control??
Heh. That's why relationships between coaches and athletes tend to be complicated.... Are you going to let that so-and-so beat you? Refusing to quit is how you take back control.

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