The wait is finally over! You’ve managed to make it through the entire year without too much damage and you are now ready to compete. It’s time to show to the world what you’ve worked on and how fit and ready you are. It’s also time to put yourself to the test and see just where you stand both physically and mentally. A lot of emotions are probably going through your mind right now and I can sympathize with all of them: confidence, fear, regret, apprehension, joy, hesitation, doubt, love, hate, disappointment, excitement, nervousness and many more. All of this can be really overwhelming and difficult to cope with and express. Here are a few thoughts that I’d like to share with you:
- Remember the day you decided to compete in CrossFit
What made you decide to take on the challenge? Remember where you were, what you were doing, what you were wearing or whatever stood out from that day. That day is why you are here doing this and striving for elite performance. That day changed your life and has formed you into the hard working, dedicated, ambitious and intense person that you are. Remember it when you are running on that treadmill and smile.
- Be understanding
Everyone is nervous and trying to do their best; the organizers, the judges, the competitors, etc. Mistakes will happen, things will go wrong, and you need to understand that and adapt to it.
- Say “thank you”
This is your show because people work hard to make it happen so say thank you.
- Understand the importance of this achievement but do not define yourself by the results
You are not your “Linda” time or your ranking at the end of the weekend. You are a shining example of the values and qualities that got you here: a solid Work Ethic, Respect, Passion, Patience, Dedication and Perseverance, etc. These values are a part of you and shape you more than the results or the times. Being an athlete is what drives you forward as a person. It teaches you valuable life lessons. It is an indispensable part of your personality but it does not end at the 2018 Regional. It is merely stepping stone in a bigger picture.
- Enjoy this for what it is; a competition
No more or no less than that. Nonetheless, enjoy it because Regionals are never a guarantee.
I had a wonderful year as a coach for all my athletes. I know how important this competition feels and I understand the amount of work needed. But now, the work is all done, and it is time to play.