This weekend was absolutely surreal.
I tried something brand new, competing individually in #Crossfit at the @back2back_summerslam3 I was and still am in awe of the variety of people who came together under one roof to participate. There were first time competitors who were only 3 or 4 months into their Crossfit journey, all the way to Crossfit Games athletes. It was amazing to see all the different skill levels competing and having a great time together.
As for me, I competed in the men’s intermediate division. I’ll be honest I thought that being successful was a long shot, so my goal was just to make the podium. Well, plans change. After the first event I found myself in second place, and maybe I was better off than I imagined.
Fast forward to the last event, 25 cal bike, 40 snatches, and 20 bar facing burpees. I was sitting still in 2nd place, but had pulled within 5 points of taking the lead. Each place in the event was worth 6 points, so mentally I had told myself that if I can just do enough to go faster than the guy who was in 1st, I might be able to win the competition for my division.
The video is of our last event. I went as fast as I could go, and just decided to close my eyes and hold on to that pace. I finished in 3:34, 50 seconds faster than the next competitor.
This competition means much more than just winning. I proved to myself that I can do things I never thought I could, I can push my body to its limits and maintain, and I can shut my mind off when it is telling me to stop and that I am uncomfortable. This is a huge mental and emotional win for me, as before I began my CrossFit journey 2 years ago, I never knew how to push myself to this point.
I had an amazing event, and may or may not compete individual again, that’s up in the air. But Crossfit for 2 years had been a stepping stone for me mentally just to prove to me of what I’m physically and mentally capable of, of this I’m sure.