It’s about being the best you can be.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been a clock whore and a number obsessed CrossFitter. Why, because I wanted to be the best, because I wanted to be the winner. 6 years into CrossFit I can finally say with confidence that I’m not trying to be the best any more. I’m trying to be the best version of myself I can be.
I won’t lie, I still watch what others are doing as a gauge of where I fall, but I can only do the best I can do and that’s all I can do. Some days I’ll feel sky high and crush a workout. Other days I’m tired and sore and my outcome is sub-par, but it maybe the best I could do that day. As long as I can look back and know that I did the best I could on any given day I don’t have anything to regret.
As I return to the competition circuit in 2013 my goal is to maintain that mentality. Control what I can control and let everything else go. Show up every day, train, put in the work, eat right, recover right and on game day bring my ‘A’ game. The chips will fall where they are meant to fall. I may not be the best, but I’ll be the best me I can be.
I recently attended a business summit at CFNE where Ben Bergeron talked about chasing excellence in regards to building an affiliate, but why not apply this principle to your training?
I took this as a wake up call to my training – I need to chase excellence. Not that I wasn’t trying to improve or be the best before, but it’s time to take it to a new level. I have had a few set backs the last two years with a broken back and a ruptured achilles, but I have every intention of returning The Reebok CrossFit Games.
Over the last 5 years of CrossFit I’ve made some excellent connections with coaches and athletes inside and outside of the sport. One such resource is USAW lifting coach, Mark Canella, whom is training future olympian, Holley Mangold, and two top lifters in the US Drew Dillon and Heather (not sure her last name). He is a two hour drive, and well worth every minute.
I had the pleasure of lifting with them last night, and it’s amazing to see 3 of the best lifters in the country and world for that matter do what you want to do. See what it’s supposed to look like. Pick their brains on training methods and mindsets.
My advice – if there’s something you want to be excellent at – find the best in the biz and build a relationship. Ask for help, it’s in human nature for people to want to help those around them. ‘CHASE EXCELLENCE’