There are so many variables in life. Things NEVER happen in a vacuum. Just throwing a ball across a plate depend on the wind, the material of the ball, the weight of the ball, how you decide to hold the ball, how you move your arm, if you got the same wind up, if there is a bug buzzing around your eyes or ears, if you worked snatches before it and your shoulder is tired, if you have been sick, if you are stressed, etc. These random variables make the same identical events almost completely different events. Even if its just throwing a ball. But how can I say this when in CrossFit we talk about checking our fitness based on repeatable and recordable data? It's not a complete apples to apples comparison. Yes, there might be amazing similarities, between the events as exactly the same in weight, reps, rounds, and movements. But as I said above, the other variables completely outnumber the similarities. So how can you compare your data and figure out if you did better or not? The first is to see what your apples to apples score is. If you did better then it's possible you are more fit. How much have you improved in all other areas of fitness or did you just get really good at the three movements over the last 2 year and lucked out that it was repeated? What are your strength numbers like now? Or did you twist an ankle playing softball? Was the rope the same or are your shoulders less exhausted since you have a lightweight cable? Were you focused before on training before but now focused on just trying to get it in? What I'm trying to say how you did in the workout or the event, is just a blip of data on a very large overall chart of how your life is. You need to be able to take EVERYTHING into consideration to really see if you are improving. As long as the overall trend is up then you are improving. If you aren't in total training mode, then it's about how you are feeling, not just what your simple numbers are. If you are feeling better overall, you are doing more things in your world and the numbers are close, then you fitter. Cut yourself some slack and look at everything! You will probably see some pretty great things:)
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