Individual Mental Aspects of The CrossFit European Regionals 2012 # 6: Gígja Arnadottir
Gígja from Crossfit Reykjavík Iceland, has been doing Crossfit since January 2011.
My favourite experience was to compete, being on the stadium floor, so much fun and a great adrenalin kick. You need to do all your best, and a little bit more, so it is best to enjoy that moment when the audience are cheering for you. And so many other thinks like watching all the great athlete perform.
The biggest challenge mentally was to tell myself “I can do it”, “I can do better than in training”, “just do it like on trainings”. One of the hardest workoust was to snatch so early in the morning, that is something I had never done before, it was 6 am in the morning Icelandic time. It was mentally challenging to warm up with such little space and few bars, but everything worked out well in the end. Mentally it was hard to tell myself that I could do it without warming up as usual. As well as the muscle ups, it was hard for me to tell my self I could do it, because I just got my first muscle up couple of weeks ago and I don´t get them every time.
I just kept on reminding my self that I could do it, and to have fun while doing it.
Mentally I prepared by visualize the event over and over again in my mind. I also visualize before every lift, and focus on what I am doing. I think experience in competition is very important as well.
My best advice for other CrossFitters would be: Focus on what you are doing, make your self a goal. You can do better than you think. We are stronger than we think we are. Always do your best while practicing on trainings, and important part, enjoy what you are doing. We are doing it because it is fun.
Thanks to Gígja for sharing her perspective – have fun at the Games – I wish you all the best!