After almost two years of ‘trying’ CrossFit, I finally made the plunge. I registered for the CrossFit Games 2013 Open today.
I’m excited, but I’m very realistic.
Do I plan on winning the games? Probably not.
Do I plan on giving it all I got. Yep.
The irony of this CrossFit environment is that I’m ‘competing’ with individuals whose full-time job is just to simply train. They don’t have a day job. They’re ‘job’ is to workout. And then about ⅛ of the competitors or maybe even ¼ of the competitors are CrossFit box owners. So they’re full-time job is to train other’s. They spend their entire day doing CrossFit.
And then there’s me. I am the average 40 year old joe, who might do CrossFit 2-4 times a week. I don’t have a coach. I don’t even workout in a traditional Crossfit ‘box’. I workout independently on my own at my local ‘globo-gym’. Follow my own programming, and truly live the theme of ‘random’. Yet, I’m paying the registration fee to ‘compete’. To be a part of apparently over 100,00 registrants and counting.
Why am I doing this?
For the love of the game. It’s that simple. To have another whack at being a competitor. To see what kind of mettle I have. To compare. To train. To improve. To test my limits. Physical fortitude is forged through mental toughness. What better way to improve my mental toughness than to test my physical limits?? Who doesn’t’ need to improve their mind? Or their body?
Even though I’m a 40 year old blue-collared citizen with a 40+ hour a week job, school, family and social responsibilities, for the next 5 weeks… I can be called a competitor. I can be called an athlete. Regardless of the outcome, I get to participate and then watch other athletes perform in a ‘game’ that I’m a part of. That is the draw of CrossFit, to watch these amazing athletes perform skills that I myself have tried, and for the most part can perform. I can empathize with these athletes on a level that is not understood with other sports. When I see the ‘elite’ performing, struggling and showing their mettle, I can truly understand what they are going through, and what they’ve gone through to get where they are.
I mean, how cool is that?
That is, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Care to join me?