September 12, 2012
One of the most amazing things I witnessed (and was a part of) at the Garage Games is the positive energy and determination that oozes out of every crossfit athlete. It is pretty well known amongst the crossfit community that the "last one to finish gets the most applause" and yes, that is the case... but until you are there in that environment and you can actually see and feel the emotion surrounding that person that is being cheered on, or are in fact THAT person... you have no idea.
If you have ever played a sport, danced in a recital, made a presentation in school, spoke in front of a crowd you can understand the butterfly feeling that you get right before the "performance." If you can remember the first time you did any of those things... it heightens that feeling by 1000 %. I can remember my first competition, which was the Garage Games Team Throwdown in CT last year with Hubs, KP and T. This past weekend I was thrilled for all of my CFW fiends who were experiencing that feeling for the first time this weekend. Giving them all some serious kudos for starting out with such a big competition.
If I have learned one thing (but we all know I have learned far more than ONE thing) in the last year that I have been CrossFitting, its that it dosent matter what anyone else is doing, its your own goals, your own mind and your own accomplishments that are crutial to your seccess. However, having said all that.. the MOST important thing is that you are happy, that you are having fun and that you are enjoying what you are doing. All is lost if the fun is lost.
Not everyone who CrossFit competes. Some people choose to do it for weight loss, some just to keep in shape, some for the social aspect and some just for fun... all of those things are the "norm" and as long as everyone is getting out of it what they have set out for, giving it their all, and they are happy doing so, than they understand how amazing CrossFit can be for their life and body. Occasionally, people get "bit by the bug" and go out for a competition and again, as long as they continue to have fun with it, they keep moving forward.
What inspires me most at a competition is to watch the other athletes. All the way from those who have been crossfitting for years and are part of the elite, have competed in regionals and even the games.... to those who have walked into a comp for the first time. What we all have in common is that everyone is laying it all on the line, giving it 100% and never ever quitting. I have learned to not compare myself with anyone or be intimidated that someone is "better" than me, I have learned to do my best and be proud of myself. I have learned to relax and enjoy myself... and good things will happen. Its not about PR's it not about winning, its not about numbers or times... its about being happy, happy with yourself, happy with your performance and happy with your life.
- 10 Pushups
- 10 Wall Squats
- 10 Hollow Rocks
- 10 Superman
1 Round for Time
- 75 Snatches (55 lbs)
(4:34 Rx <--- 57 Second PR)
- OH Press 5, 3, 1
70 (5), 80 (3), 90 (6)
- 50 Hollow Rocks (20 additional after warmup) (day 3)