I read a post by Pat Vellner, runner-up at the 2018 CrossFit Games, about his thoughts on the Games how they all turned out.  He mentioned that after the fall from the cargo net, had blood from his mouth, has to go to the hospital to get evaluated, and was told he could continue ONLY if there wasn't any more blood.  When he stepped on to the floor, his perspective of the entire event changed.  He said he felt an "un-common" calm feeling on the floor.  It wasn't all about the win.  It was about doing his thing.  It was about enjoying being out there because he might not be able to again.  And while this all went down, he was able to win events, place high in others and end up in the number 2 spot in the world, even though he started off in number 35 after the Crit race!  How do you feel calm, when you are are fighting to get out of a hole you put yourself in, in the biggest CrossFit Event ever?  It's all about the change of perspective.  When he came back from the hospital, who expected him to do well?  I don't even know if he thought he should do well.  Basically, the pressure was taken off of him.  I mean if you aren't supposed to win then you are in a Win-Win situation.  No pressure to perform so all you have to do is do what you do.  And he did!  Without the pressure, he was able to have some of the best finishes in events he ever has and finish behind the Fitness Machine, known as Fraser.  Without the pressure, he was able to enter the FLOW state.  This is where your best performances will happen.  I would venture to say he "lucked out" to learn this lesson.  I honestly didn't start to grasp this until I was in my 40's.  I mean it doesn't make sense to train and not care about the outcome.  But this is EXACTLY how it needs to be.  The more you can take the unneeded pressure off yourself, the better you will be.  It doesn't mean you can't WANT to win but you need to not make that the focal point.  The focal point is just to do your best and do it with confidence in yourself and what you can do.  This is when the magic happens.  It happened to Pat:)

FEEL THE BURN!!!

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