The crossfit Mantra is to go paleo. I don't have a problem with invoking paleo mentality to training. I was inspired when I saw Rocky bust up ribs in the meat packing locker. I can tell you that the body is designed to take so much stress and then it breaks down. i end up seeing a host of inuries including stress fractures, plantar fasciitis and tendonitis. Now I know your coach at crossfit is telling you to reject anything supportive for your feet while you are enduring the workouts. Working out with intensity does not mean you ignore the pain. Make sure your body can handle it.
I came across an old news clipping from a high school athlete that I knew. She won the Penn Relays on her last jump and broke the high school record. When asked how she did it she said she did not focus on how far she had to jump, she just concentrated on correlating what she had to do on her final jump . I was surprised to see a high school athlete be able to express what was the difference on her final jump that gave her the victory. I have been involved with athletes on my former biking team who would choke on the exchanges flying off the the bike decelerating very quickly and I know the difference was not that they could not do it but they were overly concerned about failure and thus were not able to correlate their body movements in those split seconds. It's all about being in the moment and the great ones figure out a way to do just that.
I started this blog to share cutting-edge knowledge from my medical practice and my experience with athletes and as an athlete myself. I was a walkon at I.U. for track and after getting hurt my first season switched over to bike racing and raced in the "Little 500". I teach skiing professionally and also fit soccer in between bike riding and running. You know who you are: the weekend warrior and more serious athletes: the best insights, protocols, tips, and tricks for training and living injury free. I welcome your feedback.