The results are in, and we have a winner! Drumroll…. Brooks Platt with a blazing 3:35 Baseline score winning himself 60 minutes of sensory deprivation in a float tank at A Place to Float nearby! There are definitely some lessons learned as we had 4 total attempts, all close.
I learned a very difficult but important lesson during the 2012 Regionals when I watched our team slip several places because of something like 70 “no-reps” on a single workout. With all the cussing, blaming-the-judge, and disappointment, there was a lesson. Don’t give any one, any judge, but especially yourself, don’t give anyone a reason to second guess your work.
Those “no-reps” revealed the way we had been training. This is not to take anything away from us, we were good athletes, we were in really good shape, but some of our reps were not up to standard and therefore didn’t count. This is not to take anything away from anyone at this gym either, as improvement is extremely evident in so many and I’m more proud of you than I can express. But that brings us to another point, it’s hard to PR, or even compare your score to a previous one, let alone to another if there aren’t consistent standards. The Open is coming up, and if you’re going to compete and compare your score to somebody in Bangladesh, the standards are even more important otherwise the comparison is apples to oranges.
When we put Rx next to our name, that means that each rep was done to the proper standard. If you miss your target on the wall ball, that rep doesn’t count. If your chest doesn’t touch the ground or you worm up on your push up, that’s fine if scaling, but don’t record an Rx score. If you don’t completely lock out before dropping the bar, or get below parallel, or stand all the way up every time, those reps do not count. Some people fight for a year before proudly writing Rx next to their name, and that Rx means something, let’s not devalue it. 2012 was about the time that I developed the “slow is steady, and steady is fast,” approach to working out, which now carries over to the mat.
This is part of what separates us from the crowd, a willingness to address our weaknesses and not run from them, a willingness to chose a road based on the result not on the ease of the path. Many people when faced with the truth can’t handle the truth, but we are not many people. Keep up the good work, go back to the drawing board if needed, and make a commitment to come back in and train hard.
If you’re interested in learning more about the floats, come talk to me. I have personally done it 3 times recently and will continue to go back. Check out the link to see the many benefits. If you’re interested, CrossFit Infiltrate has a corporate partnership with A Place to Float which will allow members to get $10 off every 60 minute float bringing the cost from $59 to $49. They currently have a promotion where your first float is $45, so if you’re interested and that promo is still available start there!