Archive for March 27, 2011

“They look like big, good, strong hands, don’t they…”

Posted in Articles, Competition on March 27, 2011 by oldcountrystrong

Well we’re two weeks into the Crossfit Games Open online competition. Two weeks down and one workout… One Workout? Yeah one damn workout. The unstoppable juggernaut that is the Crossfit Games(you’ve seen their Reebok commercials right?) hit a glitch. If you read this I’m sure your familiar with the Crossfit Games and the issues the site has been having. So I won’t bore you with that explanation.

I understand the concept. I understand what they are trying to do with this online competition. But what I don’t think they understand is what it’s doing to some of the people who love what is said to be “The sport of Fitness”.

My job is a Coach(and online Anarchist), and as a Coach I get very close with my athletes. Their success is my success, their failures are my failures. When they hurt I hurt. I told you guys in a post last week that I find comfort in movies. And I liken this whole situation to the problem in  The NeverEnding Story.

I try and hold on for you. I know its frustrating. I know how hard some of you have worked. I understand it feels like the little guys is getting the shaft on some of Crossfits choices dealing with the games. I Wish it wasn’t the case. I see some of your competitive fires being diminished by the whole thing it makes me feel like Rock Biter…

I’m your Coach. I feel like I have big strong hands. I always thought that’s what they were. But between athlete frustrations or complaining at the end of week one I was spent. I didn’t even care about Open WOD 1 when I first did it. I was like Rock Biter, I thought my hands were strong, but the Nothing was pulling my love of the sport away.

Lucky for me my brother had a Come to Jesus Talk with me about it. And I had another opportunity at WOD 1. But even with a better performance in the books I was still dealing with upset athletes and it was weighing very heavy on me.

You know what I decided?

Fuck It.

Thats right I said Fuck It.
To quote Fight Club – “You had to give it to him: he had a plan. And it started to make sense, in a Tyler sort of way. No fear. No distractions. The ability to let that which does not matter truly slide.”

It’s suppose to be fun. The day I lose the joy in what I do is the day I stop doing it honestly. So what did I do last Friday? I’ll tell you what I didn’t do…

I didn’t sit in front of a computer screen hitting refresh on some Online Competition page. No I took joy in my training and what I do. I felt like kicking back and just lifting cause it’s what I love to do. And you know what it was fun again.

Do what you love.

Video by: Roo (I thought the multiple adjustment shots were hilarious)
Posted by: Z