Have you ever been beaten up in a workout and think that you just have lost your "crossfit touch"?  Like all of a sudden you just suck?  Maybe you had a couple workouts in a row that left you wondering what the heck you were even doing anymore.  It's easy to get bummed out and feel like you lost your skill but we have to remember that we have natural ebbs and flows of our abilities.  This doesn't mean you can't perform on the low days it just means you are a little out of rhythm.  When you couple this with any rough things you have going on in your life at the time, any stressors you have affecting you, any injuries you might have to be dealing with, any lack of sleep, etc etc.  These things all add up to a rough day of training.  I think most of us can agree with this part.  But the part we always seem to forget about is that each day of training is a data point on a LOOOOOOOONG list of data points for your training.  If you are a competitive crossfitter then you base that training time over the time from when one season ends (this may be after the Open, or Regionals, or for the select.01% after the Games) until the start of the next Open).  There are a bunch of days in between and each workout piece is a blip on the 50,000ft view of the curve.  The object is to have the overall trend of your workouts increasing from the start of the training time to the right before competition day.  So don't get bummed out on a handful of days.  If its a bad day then just take it as work being done rather than PR times.  If you are a general fitness person, then the idea is still increasing your fitness level.  But since you don't have the as-dramatic start and finish point, then your time frame is much longer and the blips become even smaller.  This doesn't mean they aren't important.  It just means that you can be even more forgiving of yourself when you have the "not so good" training days.  Again, if you take the 50,000 ft view of the curve, there should be an increase.  It can get bad when you start getting down on yourself for 1 training day, or even a week.  This can affect you for upcoming sessions.  Realize what it is, chalk it up as a "work day", then be excited for the next day.  You have to let the bad days go.  Eye on the prize and overall improvement is the key.  So have fun and enjoy it while you are working!! :)

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