A Lesson Taken from a Taper Week Workout

I’m in the middle of my second taper week leading up to a long race in as many months.  Since early August I’ve been following CrossFit Endurance for the majority of my personal programming, including my taper weeks.  CFE’s taper week calls for a midweek Helen at 70% effort.  After going through this twice I’ve learned that even when taking a little bit off your best pace, CrossFit’s still pretty tough.  It gives me a better understanding of what it means to go all out.  If it hurts this bad to go at less than three-quarter speed, it must take something extra to push that hard.  That extra something is mental.

I put up my best Helen score, the one I’m basing my 70% effort on, when in direct competition against other coaches.  Having someone to chase, or knowing someone was chasing me allowed me to push harder and go faster than any other time I’ve attempted this workout.  This occurred on a normal day at CrossFit Fenway, not while being filmed, or at a throwdown.  Competition, whether of a friendly nature in class, against a score on the board, a goal in our heads, or in an attempt to qualify for the CrossFit Games allows us to better focus, work through the pain, and experience our best efforts.  We’re capable of so much more than slowing down when it starts to hurt.  Seek out competition in whatever form suits you, and learn what it’s like to push to your limit, truly giving 100%.

October 13, 2011
Strength: Deadlift 5-5-5-5-5

10 Power Cleans (70kg/50kg)
20 Toes-to-Bar
30 Burpees
40 Kettlebell Swings (24kg/16kg)
50 Double Unders

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6 thoughts on “A Lesson Taken from a Taper Week Workout”

      1. Thanks Eric. I was faster across the board on all of the movements but definitely gained the most time on my DU’s. Last time I think it took my 2 or 3 minutes to get 50 DU’s and this time it was less than a minute.

  1. DL: 120 kg

    3/08/2011 – 10:14 w/40 kg power cleans,10 toes to bar and 10 knees to elbows, and single unders. The rest Rx.

    Today: 11:07 Rx

    I was looking forward to this WOD all day. So happy about the progress made over the past seven months. Thanks to all of the coaches and the CFF community for helping me come back strong (pun completely intended). This article by Coach Erika helps to sum it up: http://invictusfenway.com/2011/09/21/reflection/

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