The CrossFit games were established in 2007, with only 70 athletes competing to determine who was the fittest in the world. Just 8 years later, there were well over 150,000 athletes participating in the recent 2014 CrossFit Games.
The first round of the competition is called the Open Games – meaning they are open to anyone who chooses to compete, regardless of gender, age or ability. Each week, for 5 straight weeks, everyone competing is given the same WOD (workout of the day) to complete within a 4 day time period.
The most elite athletes are competing to advance to the Regionals and hopefully earn themselves a spot in the actual Crossfit Games later this summer. But the majority of those that competed in the Open knew there wasn’t a chance in hell they’d even come close to making it to Regionals.
So why do it, you might be asking? That’s a great question – one I continue to dwell on almost 2 weeks after the fact. Each person’s reasons for competing may vary, but I’ll share some of the reasons why the Cave Mamas jumped in with both feet for their first ever CrossFit Open:
1. To be a part of something bigger than ourselves – something world wide
2. To participate with both our box and the local CrossFit community as a whole
3. To be a player, on the field – and not a bystander or fan watching from the sidelines
4. To challenge ourselves, to push ourselves beyond our perceived limits
5. For FUN – in a warped kind of CrossFit way
We did NOT compete to earn a certificate, a medal, a trophy, a title, prize money or recognition.
So when Amy found herself down and out with a stomach bug and unable to complete 14.4 (the 4th workout) within the required time limit, she was forced to record a score of zero for her results. She was both disappointed and frustrated, however, the lack of a score didn’t change the outcome, since she wasn’t competing for a particular result.
But that didn’t stop her! Two days following the world wide completion of the 4th workout, Amy came to the box prepared to legitimately take on 14.4, with a judge watching her every move, as though her scored counted. For 14 minutes she moved through the chipper: 60 calorie row, 50 toes to bar, 40 wall balls, 30 cleans, 20 muscle ups. She worked with the intensity of an athlete competing. She pushed through the pain and fought through the mental challenge, not once giving in to the fact that the score really didn’t matter.
Why would she put herself through that, when it didn’t count, it didn’t matter, and it didn’t change the outcome?
I watched in awe, inspired by her! Part of me knowing that this is the CrossFit way, but also realizing that it takes a special person to actually follow through and do what Amy did.
Why? Because everything about this DID matter! Competing in the 4th workout mattered, even if the official score remained a zero. Showing up and finishing mattered. Working hard mattered. The final score mattered. It all mattered to Amy, because it meant she was being her BEST self! We can’t ask any more of ourselves than to do our best, give our best, be our best! Not someone else’s best…..OUR personal best!
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