Registration opened this past weekend for the summer Shakedown Series Team CrossFit competition, and I was excited to hear that enough Intrepids were interested to form 3 four-person teams. For many who signed up, this will be their second even third team competition, but for others it will their first exposure outside of spectating. Reactions ranged from excitement to self-doubt when we approached many of our up-and-coming Intrepid CrossFit athletes about the thought of getting in on the action. Nerves were calmed and schedules were coordinated, and for twelve of our Intrepid athletes today is officially Day 1 in their training for the Shakedown.
As soon as the registration was complete, the likely reactions were something along the lines of:
If some or all of these describe you I’ll say as a CrossFit athlete and coach these are all normal. I can also say despite the skill level and experience of the athlete those reactions still linger. The best thing you can do for yourself today, and from here on out, is to dedicate yourself to getting in the gym and putting in the work towards improving your strength, conditioning, and skill. Jon Gilson from Again Faster posted an inspiring article entitled “Dedication” last month that I feel encapsulates what I’m trying to say
The men and women that decimate your times are not superhuman. They’re not particularly genetically gifted. Hell, most of the top CrossFitters in the world would get absolutely pummeled in your standard game of rugby, buried by larger athletes begat by larger parents.
What differentiates these individuals is not a gift, but an unreasonable desire to push self-imposed suck beyond its logical limits. What comes out the other side becomes legendary…
Do yourself a favor, and realize that there’s no technique in the world that will save you. There are no pills, no secrets, no passwords on the path to greatness. You’ve got to embrace the pain, push the threshold, and feel the suck, and then you’ve got to muster the courage to go back six times a week.
-Jon Gilson’s full article can be read here
Clean & Press 3×5 (or Wendler, based off Press numbers)
7 Handstand Push Ups
8 V Ups
9 Box Jumps