This past weekend, I competed with my partner in a throwdown at CrossFit Cheshire. It wasn’t my first RX division partner throwdown, but I knew going into it that it was going to be a tough competition.
I look at the second workout prior to registering and saw my weakness sitting in there as the second movement, “a mile run.” I have never been a strong runner, but decided to take on the challenge rather than back away from something that I may not do well at. We decided to take on the challenge.
For those of you who have never competed before whether it is individual or with a partner or team, it can be a very rewarding experience. You get an opportunity to challenge yourself in a very unique way. Personally, it is always the same for me. The days leading up to the competition, I can really start to feel the nerves settling in. I try to eat as clean as I can and make sure I am mobilized and ready to go when it is time. On the morning of you try your best to stay relaxed, but it is tough and you can feel anxiety wondering how you’ll measure up and what the best way to pace yourself is. It is unavoidable and no matter how hard you try, you will end up in the line for the restroom thirty times before they call you out for your heat. It is normal to feel this way and everyone around you feels the same way, but some people hide it better than others.
Once that countdown starts and you know you are ready to hit the mat, you can feel the adrenaline rushing through your body and it is go time. You’ll push yourself through that first workout and feel a sense of accomplishment when you’re finished. All those nerves and the build of anxiety will have been worth it. Most of the time you will surprise yourself and hit a new PR or move faster on the burpees than ever before. Once that first WOD is over, it is smooth sailing for the rest of the day.
You can start to size yourself up and see which athletes you rank against. You will see your name up on the leaderboard and see what place you are in. Maybe you will make it through the first three workouts and reach the final WOD. So many different scenarios can play out during the competition, but you will always be surrounded by the most supportive people there are. The camaraderie will motivate you and the encouragement from people you have never met will inspire you to perform beyond your limits. You can hold you head up and be proud no matter the outcome because you will know that you have done something amazing and exceptional. You can’t experience it unless you get out there and try. Scaled, RX, Partner, or Team. However you choose to compete, anyone can get out there and do it.
We didn’t finish in 1st place, but we did have some amazing moments this weekend and it was something I wouldn’t change. Fear comes so easily to us, but at the same time we have to find a way to accept that you are sometimes fearful, uneasy, and anxious, but don’t accept any limitations on where you can go or what you can do. You can let fear be your limit on doing something amazing.