I just completed two competitions this month. One was an individual competition at CrossFit Lalanne’s Summer Throwdown, and one was a team competition this past weekend at Moxie Madness Affliate Throwdown.
Both were amazing experiences, as are all competitions that I do.
Last week, I saw a new quote that one of my members wrote on in our bathroom on the whiteboard walls. It says, “You always win – You either win, or you learn.”
Lalanne’s competition taught me that I do not do enough lifting sets at 80% and above. And, Moxie taught me that I need to improve my endurance.
It’s a constant learning process.
Training for CrossFit competition is a never-ending “job.” It can be grueling and difficult, and rewarding and awesome at the same time. Always humbling, though.
Through it all, I’ve realized the most important piece to competition…
When I first arrived at Lalanne’s “battlefield,” I was nervous and, quite honestly, a little doubtful and hesitant. Part of me was actually giving myself permission to “just get through it and finish,” rather than fight to the death and reach for that podium. The “old me” was creeping in slowly that morning.
And then, all of a sudden, my CF707 family started to arrive, and by the end of my first workout, I had almost 20 people out there cheering for me. All for me.
Seeing all of those familiar faces, and hearing all of their cheers and words of encouragement made that entire day so much more worthwhile to fight for!
The power of love is immeasurable. It honestly gave me more power and will for each workout. Somehow, having them all there made the pain and sweat completely bearable.
The same is true for Moxie Madness. We had over 20 people drive all the way out to San Jose to cheer us on this past weekend.
There was a moment right before one of our workouts that I looked out to the crowd and saw a sea of CF707 blue t-shirts, and it made my heart pound and my eyes water up.
A lot of us may act tough and put on a game face, but at the end of the day, we all need love.
I can never thank my family enough for always being out there.
Please know that you, as a spectator, actually play a HUGE role in the strength and success of the athletes. More than you’ll ever know.