I’ll be the first person to tell you that I LOVE competing, but there is such a thing as competing too much. With a different CrossFit competition or throwdown going down every weekend it’s easy to get caught up into wanting do every one, but at what cost?
Look at it from a coaching perspective. If I have an athlete that’s going to compete be it a one day or two day comp I’m going to let them have a few light days before and after the actual event. That’s a week off on average every time you compete. If you do one every month you’re losing a solid week of training every month.
I know I refuse to compete until the Beast of the East. Why? Because I have a big picture goal, add strength and then recover my metcon. If I were going to compete I’d have to sacrifice my master plan. I have put the same rules in place for my athletes. One goal at time, no matter how tempting it is to go out and play. I have to be extra careful with that as I’m still coming off my achilles, and pushing it too hard too early would set me farther back than I want to go. So I have to slow myself down to speed myself up later. I’m working on ‘training smarter, not harder’ – always easier said than done.