Mental Preparation for the 2012 CrossFit Games: Deborah Carson
Deborah Carson shares her mental skills and preparation for the 2012 CrossFit Games – it sounds like she is ready for the Games!
Deboarah is from Crossfit St. Paul and has been CrossFitting for 2 years and 9 months.
What mental skills have been most important to you on your journey qualifying for the Games this year?
Most important separating emotion from what I do. The less emotional I get the better I can do
How do you deal with fatigue, pain or negative thoughts during a workout?
I break down the movement and think of what I have to do at that time and only that!
How do you prepare for the unknown, in terms of the mental aspects?
The unknown is going to happen, but what I do to prepare for that is to just listen to what I’m supposed to do and once again break it down and do it.
Qualifying for the CrossFit Games is a big deal – so how do you deal with expectations – your own and others?
If I do my best I will succeed the matter what …
That being said I am a competitor and I do try to win everything I do
What is going to be your biggest challenge, in terms of the mental aspects, at this years CrossFit Games?
The hardest part about competing in across the games is the lights, the camera, the crowd and everything else besides what you need to do on the floor. The best thing I can do is concentrate on what I need to do on the floor and try to drown out the extra noise.
What advices would you give to fellow CrossFitters, who want to become great performers?
It should never be about how you become a great performer it should be about having fun “am I having fun? Let’s see how far can I get today and the next day and the next day” and each day will build on itself and next thing you know you’ll be your best CrossFitter!
Thanks to Deborah for sharing her thoughts on the mental aspects – all the best to you at the CrossFit Games.