As I sit here in front of the computer, my brain is slowly winding down into nothingness. Yesterday was a rough day, last night was a very short night and instead of taking naps during the off-hours, I was zoned out in front of the computer trying to find out why the site’s suddenly running so damn slow. I’ve hit a major wall and would much rather let my head fall to the desk as I lapse into unconsciousness rather than sit here and come up with words to put together in some semblance of thought.
While I rubbed the new bump on my head, I started thinking about hitting walls and how that applies to This Thing We Do. When I get tired, I tend to get overly literal (and yet delightfully flowery), so I started taking apart the phrase.
Everyone knows what it means to hit a wall in something, right? The unstoppable force meets the immovable object. Well, the nearly unstoppable force. We’ve all hit it in a workout at one time or another. The bar’s not going to move. Your grip’s not going to hold. If you do one more deadlift you will literally shit out your intestines on the gym floor.
How do you get past this wall you’ve just slammed your face and/or butt into? Think about an actual wall. You’re walking along, minding your own business, when suddenly you smack right into a wall. What do you do?
Option A: throw yourself repeatedly at the wall until you eventually wear a hole through it and continue on your journey.
Option B: stop, look around and find a way around the wall.
Attack your wall in CrossFit the same way. Look for a way around it. Your calves tightened up during the last set of double-unders? Take a quick little walk around in a circle to get the blood flowing again. You picked the wrong wall ball weight and it’s frickin’ crushing you on every rep? Run over to the rack and drop down a size. It’s taking you a minute and a half to do each pull-up? Switch to ring rows. Just. Keep. Moving.
Remember: you’re only really competing against yourself in here. At the end of the day, no one’s getting a big oversized check or spraying champagne or even getting a participant trophy. You get a high five, some kind words, a drink of water and the will to do this all over again the next day. So make sure you can do it all again the next day: find your way around the wall. Everything’s much greener over on this side.
P.S. Wikipedia says peppermint is a hybrid mint: a cross between watermint and spearmint. So leaves, not a root or whatever.