The Blue Ribbon.
I was watching a show on Netflixs with my daughter the other day and the premise was one of the main characters, AJ, went to another town to compete in a series of physical events. AJ was one of the top athletes in her home town and everyone expected her to walk away with a victory in every event. After the competition was over, AJ sent a letter back home saying she wouldn’t be returning. She were going to stay.
When AJ’s friends went to investigate, they found out that not only did AJ not win the competition, but she didn’t win one single event. AJ was too ashamed and embarrassed to go back home. She thought the town would be disappointed in her and never forgive her. I don’t want to ruin the ending for you, but I’m going to. The town was still proud of her, just for going out and giving everything she had.
How long do you think it took me to start thinking about how that related to CrossFit?
We all want to be the best. We all want to have the low time and high weight on the whiteboard. We all share that competitive drive. How do you deal with not being number one? Some “miss” count, Others “mis-remember” the Range of Motion. Some plow through as hard as they can and scream “TIME” amongst all the cheers and encouragement of those that finished before.
On any given workout you can be on top or you can plummet to the bottom. But we keep coming back because in the end it doesn’t matter where you place if you are getting Stronger and Faster. It doesn’t matter where you finish if you are improving YOUR Fitness. Just think, in 3 weeks the elite, top level CrossFitters will being competing for Fittest on Earth. Someone will come in First and someone else will come in Fiftieth.
CrossFit can humble us all, and often does. But remember at the end of the day when the chalk dust has settled and music has faded everyone will love and admire you for going out there no matter what and giving everything you’ve got.
P.S. the show I referenced was My Little Pony “Friendship is Magic.” If it’s not on your netflix Queue you haven’t started living yet.