How good are you at Negotiating

An Old Mans Perspective ” How good are you at Negotiating I heard someone say recently how Rich Froning was not very adept at swimming and rope climbing early in his competitive Crossfit career. He was, the story goes, less than satisfied with his results and went off and trained those ˜goats’ and was much better next time around. This story got me thinking as we are about to start into 2017 and so head on into the Crossfit Open/Games season. It seems to me that Rich Froning went home and negotiated with himself. You could insert there “had a good chat with himself” and the end result would be the same no doubt. I would reason it is very likely he came away from that conversation with an insight into his performance, what he wanted from his crossfit experience generally and went to work on his training, performance, work rate and the rest as they say is writ large. For me the whole year of training is about the Crossfit Games. This is where I get to go up against a range of foes and see what I’ve learned this last 12 months. I count among my foes ” wods, Dave Castro, all competing masters men 60+, my reluctance to fail. I think the last one is the only one I have any real influence on. The others are just thrown in to confuse me. I’m fully expecting that your year has been eventful. Life is very much like John Lennon said “what happens while we make other plans”. But back to the Open (or The Open if you prefer) and this negotiating or talking to your self stuff. It seems to me one of the best things we can do is plan to fail more often or at the very least be willing to. If we don’t fail how do we know where the edge of our performance capacity is? By fail what I mean for example is miss a rep on my pull-ups or drop the bar on a set of cleans. How often do we drop off the bar because we reckon the next pull-up won’t be any good, a no rep, or put the bar down (you know I mean drop it don’t you?) because we don’t think we can get it overhead one more time? My understanding is that if we don’t change our training stresses within six weeks all we will have is reset our normal and begin to plateau from there. It is only by pushing beyond, engaging the variety of our programming, doing one more rep when our first thought is we can’t or returning to the bar within a count of 5 instead of a count of 10 that we are going to set and reset our own level of fitness, conditioning, strength and overall performance. Risking to fail. Have a chat and see what comes up. Do you think you know all there is to know? Are you doing what needs to be done? Zen saying: “to know and not do is to not know”   Cheers Uncle Pete

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