It’s Not About Being The Best

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.

Training Through Injury

6 weeks ago while attacking the ‘Filthy Fifty’ I completely ruptured my achilles heel while jumping up for rep 28.  After confirming I didn’t break my ankle I knew exactly what I had done.  I immediately called my orthopedic surgeon, whom happens to be my uncle, and got the surgery scheduled.

I took the first three weeks off, allowing all my energy to go to healing my repaired achilles. At my three week appointment my doc was happy with the progress and gave me the green light to start doing what I could comfortably.  My two restrictions; I have to wear the boot, and I can’t bear any weight on my left leg.

I immediately contacted Brian Yoak, my coach and ex-athletic trainer, and had a heart to heart. Surgery was on December 5th and The 2012 CrossFit Games Season starts February 22nd.  It would be just about three months.  Just about the time I’d be out of the boot and back to 70% function.  Many athletes can return to normal activity in 5-6 months.  Right about the time of Regionals.  Neither one of us hesitated to say; ‘lets go for it’.

I’ve spent the last three weeks training AROUND NOT THROUGH my injury.  That’s a very important difference.  I’ll be the first to tell my members to train regardless of their injury, I shouldn’t be any different.  I’ve been working out 5 days a week, hitting weaknesses and modifying like a mad woman.  We’ve divided my week into press, push, pull, midline and combo days.

My upper body has always been my weakness as an athlete, so I’m spending some quality time on a big weakness.  I have no doubt that my legs will come back quickly.  It’s going to a long shot trying to get back for The Open, but one I’m shooting for.  My goal…. show others you can train through an injury, and still achieve your goals with a little hard work.