Have you heard about the unicorn that walked into the crossfit box?
And, yes, in case you were wondering, it's sweat was glittery and rainbow colored and smelled like perfume.
If only unicorns were real, or if only that were me.
Actually, I'm OK with not being a unicorn and I'm OK with not PR-ing every day or being on the top of the whiteboard every day.
Some days you can walk in and nail the lift- your form is legit and the Earth's gravitational pull is aligned with your movements- there is no stopping you. Then, there are other days, you come in and you feel like you never heard of a snatch or a clean, let alone have been practicing them for TWO YEARS!
In all honesty, we are just going to have days, days where that bar feels exponentially heavier than the last time you picked it up. Days when your butt feels so sore, the phrase "below parallel" makes you want to barf.
Some days your knee hurts or your shoulder or your wrist. It's always on the days when you need to use them too- "oh my shoulder hurts, um yeah those 5 million clean and jerks are gonna go up like butter!"
These are the days your body is speaking to you. Obviously it can't speak English, but it can speak pain or pleasure. Learn to know that pain- is it soreness or something more- you should know. If it's something more, your body is warning you. Figure out what is causing that pain and work on fixing it.
Maybe you just started lifting heavier and your body isn't used to it, back off on the weight some times. Maybe you have knots galore all over your body and you just don't make the time for mobility- make it! Maybe you have been getting by with bad form and now it's taking a toll- take a video- we all have smart phones- watch it and even ask your coach to watch it- maybe there's something you need to fix.
You're not going to feel 100% all the time. But you can use the feeling of not feeling 100% to figure out what you can do differently. Just because you're sore or feeling pain or your numbers haven't been going up, doesn't mean you're a toad. It means you need to sit down and evaluate what your body is trying to tell you.
Every rep, every second you're moving, every time you walk through the door, PR, top or bottom of the whiteboard, you are working- you ARE accomplishing something. Stop getting mad that you're not a unicorn- go buy a costume if that will make you feel better.
You are not a unicorn, but you can train like one.
You are not a unicorn, but that is ok, because you are awesome NO MATTER WHAT!