#13: How long until I get good?
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As soon as someone training in CrossFit gets past that initial hump and starts to see some improvements in their training results, a common question starts to haunt their thoughts.

A question vocalized by Peter Steele in Type O Negative's 1996 classic "Love You to Death."

"Am I good enough?"

And...."How long until I get good?"

Like most of these kinds of questions, there's not a clear cut answer. But there are some lessons to be learned from the typical trajectory of development observed for thousands of athletes over time.

There are also some psychological quirks involved that can trick athletes and give them a distorted perspective on their improvement and what their maximum potential may be - and these tricks function in both the positive and negative direction.

In this conversation, Jon, Luke and Todd discuss:

  • The hedonic treadmill - or Assault runner - of adaptation, and why it feels like you're always just short of being at the level that you want to compete at
  • The fast feedback loop of the internet and social media and why this may be great for elevating performance...but terrible for fulfillment and sense of well-being
  • A disagreement in how long it typically will take for an athlete to be able to transition from beginning CrossFit into doing full fledged "competitive" training
  • And finally...Jon's philosophy of coaching based upon disappointment, regret & shame

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