Friday, March 16, 2012

Why I dig the CrossFit Games

'Tis the eve of my hitting CrossFit Games Open workout 12.4 and I find myself reflecting on why I'm diggin' the CFG. Here's why:
  1. Renewed commitment to training - until recently, my CrossFit life was waning. With a busy day job, a busy toddler, and competing extra-curriculars, my training was starting to suffer. Much like my cold-turkey switch to paleo, I finally had enough suckage and made the change to early morning WODs. I managed to get a good week and a half of consistent 6 a.m. training under my belt before the open began. Whew. The games has been just the ticket to boost this renewal. 
  2. Witnessing the awesome - I love seeing folks achieve great things at the gym and the open is ripe with these achievements. Whether it's that first double-under, PR'ing a lift or getting through all 150 wall ball shots (Lord help me), I love celebrating the big wins of my friends and sweat buddies at CF PEI. Which leads me to...
  3. Boost to gym morale - CrossFit is already a close-knit community, but the games take the community spirit to a new level. I love that people stick around longer to cheer on (yell at) others, that we agonize together over what could be the workout (until it's revealed, which leads to agonizing over what is the workout!), and that although we're all competing for our own score, it feels like a team effort.

CrossFit Games Open 2011 (Amber, Sarah, Mary Lynn)
And so, while I'm no Annie Thorisdottir, I will continue to rock the CFG as best I can despite the 150 (God willing) wall ball shots that await me tomorrow morning. On that note, I better hit the sack.

PS - I now sleep with an eye mask. I'm also diggin' that. Good sleep.

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