Sometimes I get envious when I meet ‘newbies’ at the gym. It’s like being finished with the greatest book in the world, then recommending it to someone else. You know that they’ll have a wonderful reading experience, but on the other hand you also feel a pinch of sadness – because you’ll never have that exact experience again. When you start CrossFit, everything is new and exciting and you seem to be progressing in all areas – it’s almost like the start of a new relationship. Then, after some time, you start to loose motivation.
This article from CrossFit Connect offers some ideas on how to deal with the end of the honeymoon period.
From the article:
CrossFit is a journey. Its not a mad rush to the finish line and i dont think even CrossFit Games winners would ever say they have reached their destination in terms of training and where they would like to be.
The difference and appeal of CrossFit is that there are so many new skills to learn or improve on. Whether you have been CrossFitting for 3 weeks, 3 months or 3 years there is ALWAYS something to get better at or even achieve for the first time. And its this that should drive your training forward when the initial buzz of general WODing starts to wane. From experience at Connect I would say this happens around the 6-10 month mark.
My advice would be to start to focus in on your weaknesses. Talk to your coaches and see if they can advise you on something to work towards. They will know what you are good at and what you are not so good at and will be able to implement a plan for you to follow to improve those areas. Perhaps you could start making use of the Open Gym times at the box to specifically work on these things and give yourself a change from the coaches programming everything you do. Take responsibility for your training and learn about how to improve your all round game. Swap one of your WOD classes a week for an Open Gym session and really work towards your new goals.