This week’s Food for Thought Friday comes to you from another middle seat airplane ride. I guess I do my best thinking when confined to a small space.
On a completely random and funny note, I think the only time I ever truly question my training is when I’m sitting in a middle seat on an airplane.
I really wish I was just a tiny endurance athlete, but as soon as I get off the plane I change my mind immediately.
Now, back to our regularly scheduled blog post.
This past weekend Kelly and I took a trip down to Miami so that I could compete in what has become the largest CrossFit event in the U.S. outside of the CrossFit Games, Wodapalooza.
I competed in the Men’s RX division and finished 34th out of 70 athletes.
I learned a lot about where the holes are in my game as an individual athlete and I also found out where I am strong compared to my competition.
I pushed my body to the limit and am very proud of the effort I put out for 6 workouts over 3 straight days.
But, more important than this, my eyes were once again opened to the exact reason why Kelly and I first decided to open a CrossFit box, friendships.
After all the workouts were done and the event was over, Kelly and I went to dinner and one of the things that came up in our conversation was how CrossFit has changed our lives.
We discussed all the wonderful people we have met over the years and how fantastic it feels to be part of a movement that is changing people’s lives on a daily basis through fitness and friendship.
Just as we expected, most of the participants in the competition were from the east coast and the south.
Coming from California, we only knew a handful of people in the 1,300 athletes and 30,000 spectators that enjoyed the event over the weekend.
However, because of how outgoing, friendly and genuine most CrossFitters are, by the end of the weekend we had made a whole stack of new friends that we will most likely stay in contact with for years to come.
We went from random athletes who were actually competing against each other to quick friends who cheered for each other.
By the end of the weekend Kelly had made friends with a few of the wives of other competitors and was joining them for their husbands heats and cheering them on.
In 3 short days, I went from having just Kelly, my coach and his wife cheer for me in the first workout, to a whole group of wives, other athletes I was competing against, and just random spectators screaming for me to push harder and finish my final workout.
I honestly believe there is no freaking way I could’ve picked up that 150 lb D-ball without them yelling at me to hurry up and get the work done.
It was an absolutely incredible feeling to have these people we just met 72 hours earlier cheering me on with their loudest and most passionate words of encouragement.
We also found ourselves watching random heats of men, women, teams, teens & adaptive athletes and cheering on the athletes that appeared to be giving their best effort, all because as CrossFitters we know what it feels like to go all out and how great it feels to have someone pulling for you during those tough moments at the end of a workout.
I was also blown away at all the support I was receiving from those of you at home that were following Kelly’s Instagram posts and the leaderboard. I can’t count how many text messages, Facebook posts, tweets and Instagram comments I received expressing words of encouragement and congratulations. If you were one of those people, THANK YOU! It means the world to me to have your support and it fuels me when I need it most.
It is these friendships, this support, and this community that makes CrossFit so special and all of you that have experienced it I hope agree with me. You are the reason that Kelly and I love CrossFit so much and why we started Cróga.
This is also the reason we can’t wait for The Open to come again starting the last week of February.
We are excited to see all our athletes compete again this year! To experience what it’s like to be an athlete again and to have a strong community cheering you on, pushing you to a level you didn’t know you were capable of.
Who else is excited for The Open? Stay tuned for more info, we’re going to be launching our Cróga CrossFit Games Open Intramural details soon…