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control to things within your control, you'll feel more relaxed and empowered over the situation. Knowing that you can and will give the competition your full effort, helps alleviate pre-competition stress and anxiety surrounding peer comparison. If you can give your full effort, no matter the results, you can leave the competition proud to have given it your all. select few, maybe it's for money and fame, but most people compete to test their limits and learn more about themselves. As a competitor, it is important to have a clear purpose for competing. Awareness around why you want to compete and what you want to gain from competing helps you keep things in perspective. Sometimes, you can lose track of why you CrossFit. Reminding yourself of the enjoyment and W hy am I competing? What am I trying to gain from this experience? For a passion for the sport can help you keep the training and competition in perspective. Yes, it is going to be grueling at times, and yes it will hurt, but you still chose to participate. So when you find yourself second-guessing your preparation or questioning your performance, remind yourself why you are ultimately doing this. For you! To improve and see yourself push beyond preconceived physical barriers. That's the fun part! For you, CrossFit is more than a hobby; it's a lifestyle. It should be enjoyable the whole way through. Whether you are hitting PR's or learning from your mistakes, it's more favorable to meet these events with enjoyment and excitement. It is said that failure is essential to success. If you view every competition as a learning opportunity, you will gain a stronger focus and understanding of how to improve, in turn motivating you to excel until you reach your desired goals. Remember, CrossFit is a journey, not a sprint. Getting better takes a great deal of hard work and dedication, both physical and mental. The process is just as or more important than the end result. Not to mention, it is satisfying! You are to enjoy every step of the way since you choose it to make it an important part of your life. Good luck as you reflect on how to incorporate this into your own mental training. Remember, you create and shape the context of any competition. If you want it to be a positive experience, it is up to you to execute that desire. Adam Saucedo, M.A. is a Mental Training Consultant based in Northern CA. He currently works with eight athletic programs at Santa Clara University. His consulting practice includes working with CrossFit athletes, including Games athletes and NorCal Regional competitors. Check out www.saucedosportpsych.com for more information or follow Adam on twitter @AdamSportPsych. boxlifemagazine.com august/september 2012 i Boxlife MAGAZINE 41

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