An Old Man’s Perspective on Athletic Performance

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An Old Man’s Perspective on Athletic Performance
This is something close to my heart and I could go on about it for some time with the notes that I’ve made but I’m going to come back to it later on and likely more than once I reckon…as time goes by.
As an ice breaker I will say I believe some of the keys to Athletic Performance and the improvement of that performance lie in testing and retesting. What to test, how to test and how often to test are other factors that I bang on about a bit later on.
Briefly now.
Testing: The same movement, workout or set of movements so there is always going to be a direct comparison.
How often: Not so often that improvements are small enough to be considered inconsequential but often enough that results can be reviewed and training adjusted if deemed appropriate.
I also think not a small part of the equation is failure, finding out where it that the athlete fails i.e. the margins of the athletes experience. I fall prey to not wanting to fail. I believe a result of this thinking has been a limitation on my development. One of my coaches has said to me in the past that that is what training is for; to make mistakes, miss a lift etc so I get to know where that margin is so I can try to exceed it next time because now I might have a better idea of what it looks like when it’s come at me.
Remember also the key reference point is where ever you or I are in terms of our development. I also believe if you have improved then it is not appropriate to minimise it – if it’s a small improvement then that’s what it is rather than “not enough” or “I could have /should have done better than that”. In the first instance I would reply with “compared to what?” and in the second “then why didn’t you?” Minimising your own performance is just internal psychological crap bubbling to the surface – someone else doing it is bullying, I believe.
As we approach the Crossfit Games (yay) and before I go check out some details I have gleaned from the Regional results.
The First Regional Event:
The time difference between the athletes, who won the first event, across all regionals, was 1:34.53 minutes.
The time difference between the athletes, who went on to win their respective regionals, was 4:17.28 minutes
2015 Games
In the Individual Men category:
Across the 13 events and top 3 places in each event the places were shared by a total of 20 athletes.
Ben Smith won the title and took out first place and second place twice. He also had a 34th placing.
Matt Fraser came second overall and placed first once, 2nd five times, third once. He also had a 37th placing.
Bjorgvin Karl Guomundsson came third overall and was first in one event along the way. He also had a 25th placing.
In the Individual Women category:
Across the 13 events and top 3 places in each event the places were shared by a total of 24 athletes.
Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir won the title and took out first place once, second place twice. She also had a 21st placing.
Tia-Clair Toomey came second overall and placed third once. She also had a 31st placing.
Ragnheiour Sara Sigmundsdottir came third overall and placed first once. She also had a 38th placing
I include this as a bit of information you might find interesting, I hope you do. I also wanted to include it as a reminder that crossfit isn’t about being the best in everything but rather performing well across a variety of movements.

Cheers
Uncle Pete

 

 

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