Sooooooo, since my last post a lot has happened.
First I got to say that I'm very proud of our team's finish at the 2011 Reebok Crossfit Games. The experience was phenomenal and I wouldn't trade a second of it for the world. Everyone put forth 100% effort and it was awesome to be rewarded for that with a 16th place finish. I'm hoping to continue to train hard and make it back with the team next year. I love the team competition. Even if I was good enough to go as an individual, I'd still do the team. For me the individual stuff is too much pressure, but thats just me. If I screw up someone on the team can step up or if they screw up I can step up. If we both screw up then...its still fun.
Second, Graduate school has made it more difficult to train when I want to, but I think I'm finding a balance which has been great. The added rest has been extremely noticeable on my strength numbers which to me now, seem ridiculous. I don't think I would have thought I would be putting up the numbers I am now, a year ago. I probably would have told you thats impossible. So if you are reading this and you haven't been progressing the way you want and have been Rich Froning your wods, then you may want to back off a little and see what happens. Frankly, I don't know how some of the superstars of Crossfit balance law school, med school, or whatever with high volume training. I just don't have time for shit anymore and have to choose activities carefully. If you are one of those people who hits the gym 10x a day and has a professional career not athletic related, I despise you.
The most important component to my training though is that I have been pushing it for myself, not anyone else. I don't need to prove my strength/crossfit worth by comparing this and that with other people. You need to be thankful for what you have, what you are given to improve, and how you use that improvement. If you only care about beating someone else then you will never be the best that you can be.....G.I. Joe or something.
Aside from training, school has been a welcomed gift. I've been wanting to go back to school for a while and I think I have applied to more programs than anyone I can think of so getting in was like winning the lottery. Now that I'm doing well in the program I can continue to focus on what I need to do to get a good project and less on trying to prove to myself that I belong in the there.