December 10, 2016

Sometimes you gotta compete

The people that know me typically fall into two camps. There is the one camp that says "That guy really has it together." That camp is really small. It's like a boy scout troop with one member and no merit badges small.

The other camp says "That guy NEEDS to get his sh*t together." This is a much bigger camp of which I am also a member. I feel like I should pause here for a few courtesy gasps and head nods. Ok....Now we can move on.

Lately I have been feeling bad about CrossFit skills and lack of any current goals or benchmarks I am trying to hit. I know I am probably my own worst critic here and it has been impacting my confidence. I share that little story because due to that lack of confidence, I have done something I vowed I would never do. I registered for a CrossFit competition.

You can stop laughing now...

I'm not gonna lie. I'm a little skeeered. I've been a part of CrossFit for over 6 years now so I know there is nothing in the WODs to worry about. I worry more about the unknown. A lot of bad things can and possibly will happen in a competition.

First, there is always the possibility of pooping yourself. Don't laugh. Deadlift sh*ts are a real thing y'all. I've soiled myself to more than one PR in my CrossFit journey. My current PR is 360# and a double skid...

Second, I could get injured. I’ve done a few CrossFit Opens and almost always walk (or limp) away with some sort of injury. Last time it was a shoulder thing that lasted longer than a Browns losing streak...

Poops and Injury aside, I think the biggest fear I have here is putting it all out there and realizing that it might not be enough. I think a lot of people feel that way every time they walk into the gym. It can be intimidating working out in a group that has people in it that are in significantly better shape than you and don’t mind ripping their shirt off to make your missing abs ashamed.

With all that said, I basically have five weeks or so to get ready to compete so I will try to keep this page updated and current for any of you that want to follow my training and self loathing as I prepare. If you live in the Cleveland area you can come out and make fun on January 21st at Coca CrossFit. It should be a fun day...

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