19.3 Mindset: Turn the Page

Monday March 4, 2019
Ben Bergeron & Christine Bald


During the Open (or any other high-pressure, high-stakes competition) it’s not a matter of if, but when we’re going to have slip-ups. Coming out too hot, getting no-repped, not hitting our lifts—it happens. When we’re giving it all we’ve got, mistakes come with the territory. No basketball team plays an entire game without fouls; no tennis player goes three sets without finding the net. Mistakes are unfortunate, but they are part of competing.

So is dealing with them.

When a workout doesn’t go our way, it’s important to know how to turn the page. During the Open, we don’t have the luxury of an extended post-mortem. We’re still in this thing. There are more workouts left, and we need to bring our best to each one. Every day matters. We need to be able to hit the reset button and start fresh.

It’s easier said than done. After a bad performance, it’s natural to feel frustrated and emotional. It’s easy to say you’re turning the page, but it’s much harder to control the negative thoughts that want to drift back into your mind. I should have broken up the toes-to-bar differently. I should have paced the cleans differently. If I had better double-unders, I would have been faster. No one is saying you can’t take a minute to think, Dammit, this sucks. By all means, vent. Exhale. Take stock. Just don’t take too long. Because we have to get back to work.

Whether you realize it or not, your mindset in between Open workouts can have a tangible effect on your overall performance and fitness. If you’re still moping around on Tuesday, you’re probably not giving training your all. With so few real training days between Open workouts, we can’t afford to take our foot off the gas because we’re still feeling sorry for ourselves. If negative thoughts start to creep back in, focus instead on something you can control—how hard you train today, how much sleep you get tonight, or how you’re fueling yourself.

Mistakes are often instructive.

If we can learn from mistakes, we’ll move into next week a little wiser. If you didn’t do as well as you wanted to on 19.2, identify the things that impacted your performance and adjust them for this week. How was your nutrition/mindset/sleep leading up to game day? What can we tweak to improve our performance next time around?

Turning the page is not about sweeping our feelings under the rug. It’s about channeling them into something productive. What can you do right now, in this moment, to prep yourself for 19.3? Anything we do looking back doesn’t help that.

Now we look forward.