“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you.” ― Lao Tzu
If you haven’t heard, the CrossFit Open is upon us. It is a five week competition and we just finished week two. Anyone anywhere in the world can compete in the CrossFit Open, you just have to sign up. It may sound overwhelming at first, like why would I want to compete against CrossFitters like Rich Froning or Annie Thorisdottir? These people are the real deal, professional athletes, Fire Breathers, as we like to refer to the true badasses in the CF world. Alas, I’m not a Fire Breather. I’m a pretty avg. person who wants to stay healthy and enjoys feeling strong, connected, and in the mix of things I enjoy.
I am a competitive person but I’ve been struggling recently with the idea of competing. I simply do not like feeling like I’m about to throw-up in the hours and minutes leading up to the actual competition. It’s too much some times, the built up anxiety and fear. There’s a never-ending list of What If’s that flood my thoughts usually concluding with tragic blood curling infused consequences. The imagination is deep and graphic and capable of drumming up some pretty outlandish stuff, I assure you.
You have to take control though, hit the delete button and deposit those paralyzing thoughts in the trash. What can help you hit the delete button? The people around you, positive people, engaged people, people ready to do the same. There was too much enthusiasm in our box about the Open and too many of my fellow athletes, none of us Fire Breathers, swallowing their doubts or fears or hesitations or all of the above, and signing up for the Open.
Inspired by our community, I signed up too:
Complete As Many Rounds & Repetitions As Possible In 10 Minutes of:
5 Shoulder To Overhead (115/75)
10 Deadlifts (115/75)
15 Box Jumps (24/20)
Completed: RX weight for women at 75lbs. 227 reps total.