Keep Flying MVT: You’ve Gotta Suck Before You Get Great

During Crossfit today we did a workout called the “Annie” which is 50-40-30-20-10 double unders and 50-40-30-20-10 situps for time. I’m just learning how to do double unders; they are probably one of the most frustrating things I’ve been working on lately so my coach cut the double unders in half. Now I went into this workout knowing the double unders where going to be my limiting factor  but I didn’t realise how limiting until I saw 12 minutes on the clock had gone by and I was on my set of 20. I ended up finishing the workout in 16 minutes and 46 seconds ( 11 ish minutes after the majority finished without scaling). I was a pretty frustrated at the end of it partly because of how competitive I am and the fact that my shins hurt from the amount of times they got whipped by the jump-rope. When I was logging my workout for the day my coach came up to me and said “Look I know that you don’t want to log the 16 minutes for today but log it. You can’t expect to be awesome at everything you do the first time but if you log the 16 minutes now in a couple of months when you can finish this workout in 7 think about how good it’s going to feel to see the progress.”

 

We can not expect to be great at everything right when we start. That doesn’t just go for crossfit but with anything we start doing. I will be the first to admit that I am HORRIBLE with communication, especially texting. Ask anyone that knows me they will tell you. . . If you need me , call me. Since starting Third Eye Performance with Ethan I’ve realised I am going to have to start working on getting better at communicating through text and email because with a three hour time difference and crazy schedules our phone calls are scheduled a week in advance for the most part. Now I am still not the greatest at it but I am way better than when we first started up (sorry Ethan I’m working on it) and I’ll only get better with time and practice. The same goes for double unders and kipping and everything else that I haven’t mastered yet.

 

I remember when I was first learning how to fly a taildragger I could fly the citabria like a champ but I could not get wheel landings to save my life. It took me hours of go arounds and a lot of yelling to finally get one but once it clicked it clicked and now I grease it on everytime ( with a few exceptions). It’s so funny to me looking back at how frustrated I would get because it’s like second nature now but it’s good to remember that it wasn’t always like that. Looking back now it is so cool to see how much progress I’ve made.

 

Sometimes you’re going to be great first try but the majority of the time you are going to be awful at something before you’re an expert. It’s a humbling experience and so fulfilling once you are on the other side.

 

Blue skies and tailwinds,

Sierra (AKA: Little Miss Gains)   

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