Well we had quite a day yesterday! I appreciate everyone’s effort and dedication in making it out for a pretty tough WOD. Also big thanks to everyone who helped move stuff around and help judge, and to cheer everyone on while they did their work
I think everyone had an experience to learn from. Some of us may now have an idea of what competition can be like, some of us indirectly battle with the unknown and some of us did direct battle with our goats. But we all showed up and finished the battle. We will definitely be seeing the works for all of us throughout this process. Try to remember that they are just workouts. Try to get out of the habit of self-imposed pressure to achieve. We are all going to show up and do our best. The point is that you are going to LEARN what your best is through this process. It’s not so you can compare yourself to what you IMAGINE what your best SHOULD be. That doesn’t exist. There is no SHOULD – I should have a muscle-up, I should get 100 reps, I should PR 20lbs, blah, blah, blah. What you SHOULD do is take a look at what you are actually accomplishing. We work our asses off for IMPROVEMENTS, try to pay attention to them. (Here’s a secret : They are literally how we get to the really awesome stuff!) It’s a journey, it’s a process, enjoy the ride and all that stuff. But seriously, even if you have a definite goal and it’s a far drawn line in the sand; you don’t get to teleport over to it, you walk – one step at a time. If there is a large disparity between your performance and what you expect in your head then consider that you may have unrealistic expectations. The whole point of this competition series is to introduce people to the intensity of competition and to see what we are able to produce on a regular basis. It may be uncomfortable but the end result is that we learn and we grow and we are stronger having done it.
Also try to remember why we do this in the first place – I like to think that it’s because it’s fun as hell and we really do some pretty awesome stuff. I love seeing you all achieve new accomplishments on a regular basis. It really is impressive, sometimes we just forget because we live in our CrossFit bubble of amazing people, but try to remember back when you started. Or talk to a new member who has just struggled through a WOD with the empty bar. Sure some stuff may come up (ahem… burpees, OH squats) that may have me wondering what the hell am I doing this for, but I know I am way more athletic that I’ve ever been and I’m only getting better all the time. I’m not the best, but I’m getting better. What more do you want?