My first CrossFit competition was in January of 2008. I had been a dabbling CrossFitter for 4 months (2x a week, skipping a month here and there and always dead last in the workouts.) Ironically it was The Fittest Games, but back then it was a very different event, details irrelevant at this point. The workout I took part in was a Running Fat Cindy with a 400meter Run, 5 pull ups, 10 push ups, 15 back squats with 45 pounds and as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes. I did everything as prescribed and for the first time in my life I tasted blood or pennies after I completed the 20 minute workout. Shortly after guzzling on an orange Gatorade I was recovered. This was the hardest I had ever pushed myself. I had gone to a level I didn’t even know I was capable of, and I enjoyed it. I felt like a winner regardless of my placement in the competition.
As I’ve said before, “CrossFit is just a big metaphor for life,” and in this sport of fitness, competitions (big or small) are like those huge hurdles along the road of life. You can go over them, under them, or even detour around the, but no matter how big the hurdle, you always come out on the other side. The same rule applies with a competition, by the end of the weekend it is simply over. Basking in the outcome will inevitably lead to self-reflection. I cannot tell you how many hours I have spent after a competition dissecting ever step I took, the strategies I witnessed other athletes use, reliving the glory moments and kicking myself over my failures. I know my coach’s programming is solid and heavy squats create stronger muscles, but the self-reflection after a competition is truly where I become stronger.
“Only when life is difficult, are we challenged to become our greatest selves.” – Jonathan Lockwood Huie.