Road to the Open – Coach Caitie

Caitie

ROAD TO THE OPEN!!

Early mornings, late evenings, five weeks, one year of training, macros counted,
mindset and recovery is put to the test.

All day, everyday my life is focused around this one event. Well it has been for
the last two years and I’m sure it will continue for several more years to come.

Are you wondering what I’m talking about? Some of you may already know. If
you know me well, you know that I train all the time, I have a very focused
mindset and a lot of determination… my friends call me crazy, a psycho, insane,
just to name a few, but I take all these as compliments.

Yes I’m talking about The Open.

Every Sunday night I prepare myself for a big week ahead. Not only just
preparing my classes but preparing myself for a big week of training. Making
sure that I’m doing everything I can to better myself as an athlete.

My training consists of several workouts a day. I will sometimes be training
between 2-4 hours a day. My training schedule looks something like this.

AM- Gymnastics, strength and a mini metcon (metabolic conditioning) (this
usually goes for on average 60-90 minutes)

PM- Conditioning work (Some type of cardio piece followed by another metcon.
(Usually 60-90 mins)

Some days i don’t have enough time to complete two sessions so I may do it all at
once ,which will last 3-4 hours. I train Six days a week. I have one active
recovery day and one complete rest day.

You may all be thinking this girl is insane, who wants to train for that long… my
answer is I DO!! I believe that if having a goal that means so much to you, you will
do anything to achieve it. I’ve been doing this for two years now and not one day
has gone by where I regret what I’ve been doing and what I’ve put my body
through. This is because I love what I do. I love being able to push my body to the
limits and test my ability in things I never thought I’d be able to do.

Training is a very important part of my day but so is nutrition, mindset and
recovery. Lets talk a bit about what these look like in my day -to -day routine.

For me nutrition is one of the most important parts of my training and recovery.
It’s the backbone of everything. I need to make sure I’m eating enough to get the
energy and fuel I need to be able to get through my daily training and work load.
If you think about it, an athlete will burn a lot of calories throughout the day so
we need to be able to refuel and make sure our body is able to replenish itself by
fueling it right.
This is why I have a nutrition coach who supports me weekly and gives me my
calories and macros that I have to hit daily. If I don’t monitor what I eat then how
will I know that I’m giving myself the best opportunity to perform at my highest
level. Right now I’m currently on around 2500 calories per day.

Mindset also plays a huge role in my training and competitions. It’s probably the
most important thing. Telling yourself to get up early to train and trying not to
press “snooze” on your alarm, training after you’ve trained clients all day and not
feeling like doing it yourself… pushing through your hour long training sessions
and talking to yourself every two minutes telling yourself not to quit. For me, I do
this on a regular basis. People think that being a trainer its easy to train yourself,
well I’ve got news for you all… its probably harder… yep you heard that right, its
harder.
I can honestly tell you, that I wouldn’t be where I am today without the mindset I
have. I train my mind to be better every day… I yell at myself half way through
workouts ‘ to keep going’ even though I want to crawl around on the floor and
cry. I do this because I love it. I love getting comfortable with the uncomfortable.

Try this workout below and tell me how uncomfortable you felt.
5 rounds
10 cal bike sprint
10 burpees
Now get use to that feeling, that’s where greatness is made.
You may have heard but I rowed a marathon for charity. I was on the rower for 3
hours and 8 minutes… now that is a mindset game…anyone can do it, you don’t
have to go fast, you just have to tell yourself you can do it. Feel free to give that a
go if you REALLY want to test that mindset. Please take note, your butt will be
sore for quite a few days after.

Recovery is another important role in my journey. Making sure I have days
where I completely rest. I do no training what so ever. I sit on the couch and
binge on Netflix. These are the days I know I’ve earned because I’ve trained my
butt off for the other six days of the week. Yes there are times where I have to let
my body recover a little more, and have more rest days, but I monitor that. I’ve
learnt that my body knows best. If you’re not feeling right, then listen to your
body. I’ve learnt the hard way. I would push myself and become fatigued and
then motivation starts to lack, I get sick and then I’m out for a few weeks rather
than a few days. When I take the time to rest, then that’s when I come back
stronger and better.

Now as I said at the start of this blog..
Early mornings, late evenings, five weeks, one year of training, macros counted,
mindset and recovery are put to the test.
I train for one main event. It is called the Open. It runs for five consecutive
weeks, one workout is released Friday morning and I have Friday, Saturday,
Sunday and Monday to complete that workout. I’m versing the world. As Monday
comes, I will submit my score and compare my results to all the other athletes
throughout the world.
For the next five weeks, I’m nervous.. I put all this effort and training in for one
WHOLE year and it may not go my way. I will get frustrated, angry, and

emotional but that is all part of the process and you live and you learn. Every
year I go away learning from the Open.
This Open for me is seeing how far I’ve come in one year. How much have I
improved, what can I improve on for next season. I reassess my goals after the
open and where I want to be this time next year.

2020 is going to be my year of making an impact (well that’s my goal). So keep
watch and follow my journey through the 2019 Open and to the 2020 Open and
Sanctional events.

Coach Caitie