Dont ever underestimate the effect of mental recovery …
First of all a BIG UP for all the competitive athletes at the 2012 CrossFit Games! Now it is time to recover mentally and physically.
The mental restitution is just as important as the physical – (remember mind and body is a powerful connection). When you have been through a competition like the CrossFit Games, you have peaked mentally and physically through out the weekend, you have given it all you got. As well as your body, your mind needs a break – a good and long one.
After a high performance (this is not only the Games, its also the Regionals, the Opens, and months of hard training before that) make sure you slow down.
Make sure you have time to just be. Time to do nothing. Time to have days without any plans. Time to do what ever you feel.
Make sure you prioritize yourself at this point – it will have a big influence on your restitution, and by that a big influence on your mental recovery and ability to go even further when you start training for your next performance. Without a break – there is a big possibility that your motivational level will go down, your body will feel fatigue and the chance for injuries will go up.
Dont ever underestimate the power of mental recovery – you need it.
And even though you will feel empty not doing all the things you are used to fit into your daily program, be strong, you have to stick to not doing anything for at least 4-5 days – if possible, even longer. Its going to be hard, because you have all these habits of having to do all different kind of things during the day – so its not easy all of a sudden to do just nothing – (which is why a lot of athletes keep going in the same pace, if not physically – then mentally – if they doesn’t train, they make other plans – a lot of plans – until they one day either brake down, and is out for a long time, or simply drop-out – and doesn’t come back) -
The physical recovery is not enough – let your mind relax as well.