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By Sean | In Uncategorized | on June 18, 2012

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:

  • Mind began racing
  • Heart began beating faster
  • Focus shifted to making a mental or physical list of your “Goats”
  • Began planning way you might be able to get extra time in to work on said “Goats” from above
  • Desire to get together with your teammates in the gym as often as possible between now and the competition date

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

Quiet your self-doubt with heavy breathing and tell your inner-voice to respectfully shut the hell up.  Funnel your thoughts to fuel your training, your drive to improve, and your dedication to get your butt in the gym.  Whether you’re training for an upcoming CrossFit competition, triathalon, mud run, weekend warrior sport, or to stay up with your grandchildren, dedicate yourself to the pursuit to be a physically well-rounded athlete.  Best thing you can do for yourself is to have fun and enjoy the ride.

WOD 6.18.12

Clean & Press 3×5 (or Wendler, based off Press numbers)

5 Rounds:
7 Handstand Push Ups
8 V Ups
9 Box Jumps

6 Comments to "Dedication"

  • Xuan says:

    June 18, 2012 at 8:33 AM -

    Nice post Sean and a good reminder, especially for some of us wayward Crossfit souls (yeah I’m referring to myself) . Good luck to team Main Course, Leftovers and Team TBD!

  • Jake says:

    June 18, 2012 at 8:48 AM -

    Solid post! I’m pumped for the Shakedown

    @ Xuan- Team 3 name…Hors D’oeuvres!

  • Corrine says:

    June 18, 2012 at 10:16 AM -

    Lovely team name, Jake. Great post Sean. PS- girls wear pink day was in full effect the day that picture was taken. Crazytown.

  • James says:

    June 18, 2012 at 10:43 AM -

    YES! Queue Rocky IV training montage! p.s. – Stallone teaching us all how to turn on a “game face” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxMBAjp6PhI

  • Michael H says:

    June 18, 2012 at 11:54 AM -

    Great post Sean!

    James, isn’t that Over the Top?

  • James says:

    June 18, 2012 at 2:16 PM -

    Yup! I like to mix the training montage from rocky with a the hat “switch” from over the top

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