“We don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.”—Archilochus
This perfectly sums up my CrossFit Quarterfinals experience.
After squeaking into the Quarters and seeing the 4 tests when they were released, my irrational confidence thought I had a shot to do well on a few of them.
Then the rubber hit the road and the holes in my fitness I knew I had going in, were exposed.
Absolute strength, overhead mobility and strict pressing have always been some of the bigger rocks in my pile of kryptonite. And, spoiler alert…I wasn’t able to finesse, bullsh$t, or game plan my way around them.
Don’t get me wrong, I had an absolute blast and loved the fact that I could participate and put up a score in all of the events, but the moral of the story, as always, is that you have the most to gain by working on your weaknesses rather than doubling down on your strengths.
So if this post comes up again next year, you know I didn’t heed my own warnings and I sank back into my comfort zone.
Time to get uncomfortable. Time to put in the work. Time to be ok with failing. Time to put my brain before my ego and move the needle.
Till next year CrossFit Open!