Back in high school, I played 4.5 sports. I lived in a small town where I could do that, and spring soccer wasn't offered until I was a senior (that is where the .5 comes from). From there I dipped my feet in 2 sports in college. In 2005, Rex and I got married, moved to the big city of Urbandale and had three kids (now ages six, four, and one).
For seven and a half years, I thought I was still staying competitive by playing on various basketball and softball leagues. It wasn't until January 2013, when my husband found Crossfit, that I knew I was missing out on something. (FYI-- having one family member that does Crossfit, and one that doesn't, can wear a person out!)
After our youngest was sleeping through the night, I MADE the time for myself and started Crossfit in August 2013. If you haven't counted yet, I've only been involved with Crossfit for a short 6 months. However, I decided to take a leap of faith and sign up for the Crossfit Open. You could tell me that it's a waste of money and my time, or that I don't have a chance to make regionals. On some levels, I don't disagree with you. Just hear me out though.
To me, no matter if its been six weeks, six months, or six years, I still have a CHANCE to do awesome! Believe it or not my definition of awesome isn't to make regionals. It's proving to myself that 6 days a week for an hour to an hour and a half a day, I've put in my time getting better, getting stronger, and getting faster, to hit new PR's, and to get motivated by my fellow Crossfit members! Whether you know it or not there is someone in your gym that looks up to you and feeds off you during your workouts. Not in a creepy way, as in a motivational way. I like to call them, a silent competitor. Maybe they haven't signed up because you haven't?
Let's be honest here, Crossfit doesn't EVER get any easier. I guess, if it was too easy, maybe you didn't challenge yourself enough. I look at the Open as an opportunity to see where I "fit in" with in this Crossfit world. I'm the only person who knows I've hit my limits and dug down deeper, the only person who is actually lifting the weight and progressively making it heavier, and I just might be the only person who wants to know just how far that has gotten me. The best part is that I don't have any "goal" at all with this Open. I'm the "new kid" in the classroom that doesn't know what to expect.
Besides my 6 year old son, I might be the biggest competitive person you've met. I want to win or be the best at everything I do. However, Crossfit has shown me a different side of competition. I compete with myself, one dip at a time, one squat at a time, one rep at a time. Now it's time for me to step up and show that I've been truthful to myself and I'm ready for any challenge thrown my way.
Sign up and join me!! We really don't have anything to lose. Don't compare yourself to others, just do your best and amazing things are bound to happen.
"It always seems impossible until it's done."
-- Nelson Mandela--
By Analee Gray