I’ve been following the Crossfit Games online all weekend. If the live stream was better I probably wouldn’t have done anything else. This is definitely my favorite sport as a spectator and as a participant. I believe in Crossfit’s philosophy of preparing for the unknown of the natural world.
Having participated in the Affiliate Cup at the games in 2010 and 2009, I recall the mind f*&# of preparing for the unknown. Everyone tries to be the ONE WHO KNOWS something about the events. Rumors start to fly about GHDs, atlas stones or logs arriving at the arena the week before. Coaches are calling each other with their best guesses “Well, there has to be running because of that track, but there can’t be a swim because there’s no pool.” It always struck me as kind of funny, because with one week to go, what difference would it make if a skill came up that we hadn’t trained? It’s not like I was going to become a good swimmer by Friday. All the speculation threatened to get me out of my own head and my own body, which are the only two things I could actually control during my training.
Crossfit trains you the be agile, flexible, strong, fast, coordinated, mentally tough and smart. You should be able to learn something quickly and just go with it. Learning a new skill the day of a competition (atlas stones at Sectionals last year, pushing the prowler at Regionals) has been really fun for me. And I never begrudged others who were more skilled and experienced at them. There are other random things that I do well, naturally. Wait until juggling becomes a Crossfit event. Juggling while doing pistols, balanced on the parrallettes. #dreamWOD
With that being said, my heart goes out to those who were finished by the swim in the first event this year. Swimming in the ocean can be terrifying and overwhelming, and it is downright dangerous if you’re not experienced. I’m sure every precaution was taken to ensure the safety of the athletes, but I’m not sure I would have been brave enough to make it through that one myself.
Speaking of bravery, Crossfit continues to provide powerful metaphors for my life, which is one of the many reasons I know it’s important for me to continue playing this sport. Preparing for the unknown in life means accepting what is unknown. And that’s pretty much everything outside of this moment. The birds are singing, the sun is shining, the little dog is snoring at my feet and the day is filled with beautiful unknown possibilities. Have a great day. 3…2…1…Go.