So far this has easily been the most fun I’ve had during a CrossFit Open season. That’s saying a lot given that I’ve done them all! I know we’ve only been through 2 of the 5 events at this point, but I get the distinct feeling it’s going to be a whole lot of the same over the course of the next 3 weeks. The environment, the atmosphere, the screaming…that’s all stayed the same. So what’s changed? For me, the biggest difference is in my personal attitude and approach toward my performances. I can’t control how other people do, but I can control the effort I give during my performances. After that, whatever happens, happens. If, by the time I’m done, I’m on the ground gasping for air and making weird, unintelligible noises, I know I gave it my all. If that “all” is good enough for top 10 in So. Cal? Great! If that “all” lands me in 5000th place in So. Cal? Still great. It was everything I had in that moment, and that’s satisfying to me.
Don’t get me wrong, I still have certain high expectations of myself. I always will. But if even your absolute best isn’t good enough for you, well then you just aren’t being realistic with yourself. And talk about a miserable existence filled with constant letdown. Always shoot for the stars, but also try to stay grounded. Don’t use a poor result to get down on yourself. Instead use it to help you add new goals for the rest of the year. We are CrossFitters. We don’t wallow in our own self-pity. We identify weaknesses and we turn them into strengths. It’s why we’re so cool!
Here is a link to an awesome blog by Lisbeth Darsh that was published to the CrossFit Games site recently. It was the inspiration for these thoughts. Give it a read. Let it sink in. And for goodness sake, let’s have some fun these next 3 weeks!