It’s been quite a journey for me since being a spectator on the sidelines of Beast of the East in a knee brace, on crutches. New to the Fenway family, I was eager to become a part of it all as I stood timidly watching our competitors beast (no pun intended) through workouts. I promised myself that a year from then it would be me. This Saturday and Sunday, it’s time to put it to the test.
Whether you are in the RX’ed or scaled division, for some of you this might be your first individual competition. I wanted to give some pieces of advice that I am trying to follow myself going into Garage Games. First off, this is about you. At the risk of sounding cliche, you have nothing to prove to anyone but yourself. You train for yourself, so compete for yourself. When Ben yells 3, 2, 1, GO! on that first WOD, don’t let the other competitors, spectators, and wild yelling distract you from the task at hand. Whether it be getting stronger, faster, or other goals you’ve set for yourself, this weekend you get to see how you measure up. The best part is, it’s in your control and no one else’s. You decide how hard you push and how you react to these workouts. Relax, set your pace, and give it all you have. Chances are you will surprise yourself.
Another important piece of advice I want everyone to think of, even if you aren’t competing this weekend, is to reflect on where you were a year ago. What goals did you have? Are you a better athlete? Do you have those 20 unbroken double unders? Did you PR that deadlift? No matter what the goal, it’s good to take the time and give credit where credit is deserved. You need to be proud of where you were then and how far you’ve come now. Recognize that and don’t talk yourself down because of goals you might not have reached yet. I’m also trying to practice this mentality. From a time at 5:30am when Stacey and members had no idea why I was at Fenway with a knee brace asking questions, to climbing a rope in front of thousands of people at the Crossfit Games; I am proud of how far I’ve come. I think I can speak for all the coaches at Fenway when I say we want you to be proud too.
So the moral of the story is tend to your injuries/mobilize your life away, maintain good mental health this week, and ask your coaches as many questions as you want; because you know you want and deserve the chance to prove why you work so hard at this. Let’s get after it together, wear green, and show how badass Crossfit Fenway really is.
September 22, 2011
Strength: Press 5-5-5-15+
(ideally final set is 60%-75% of best set of 5 for max reps)
3 Individually Timed Rounds:
Rest 3 Minutes