Individual Mental Aspects of The CrossFit European Regionals 2012 # 8: Ditte Jacobsen
Ditte Jacobsen from Butchers Garage will finish of this series of individual mental aspects of this years CrossFit Regionals. Ditte has 4 years of CrossFit experience.
My best experience was doing all 20 MU in WOD 6, so that me and Liz Gunner could almost do the entire wod. That exceeded my expectations! Also snatch 59 kg (2 kg from PB) early in the morning with shitty warm-up and sore back… but then again … the DB wod with Kyle was so much fun! Arg.. it’s hard to choose!All in all I think we as a team performed as well as we could. Everything went the same or better than expected.
It was a challenge to share a small area with all the other athletes and having a lot of waiting time before you enter “the stage”. But I think we stayed together as a team, and tried to support each-other before every wow, which helped. I also talked to Janne if I was extra nervous.The most important thing to me, is to be able to focus on your own performance, and don’t stress over other athletes.To prepare mentally, you can try to be well prepared before a competition. Visualize what will happen and things that might distract you. You can also train with someone pushing you, so that you get used to “being behind” someone.I learned that it’s all about YOU What can you do to maximize your performance as a CrossFItter? Not just at competition settings, but everyday. My best advice is to train hard – fight easy, and that applies to both your physical and mental training!
Also remember to focus on things, that you can control. You can’t control your competitors, and most likely some will be better than you. But you can control your preparations leading up to the competition and you can learn to control your mental game. That is one of the most valuable lessons that I learned with the help of Janne.
Thanks to Ditte for sharing her thoughts -