FFFA with Cindy regales us with her “Back at the Ranch” experience. Conveniently, also, her first CrossFit competition as a competitor. Those who missed, those new to CrossFit, those virgin competitors need merely read…then sign up for next year.
It was a few weeks before Practice CrossFit’s “Back at the Ranch” event…and I had somehow convinced myself that it would be better if I just volunteered. But in reality I was scared and even after everything I learned about myself over the past few months…I was hiding behind an excuse. And then as I was rolling out before a WOD I overheard a trainer say, “You know once you get there on that morning you are going to be really sorry you did not at least try.” And in that moment something clicked in my head and in my heart…me going out there and trying was the best thing I could ever do…I had not been scared to fall on my face so far so why start now. And so was born, “The Mod Squad”…a team of CrossFitters that might be modified in some areas but completely RXed when it comes to heart…
There are so many things that I will take with me from October 22, 2011…judging a female athlete in the first event and her saying, “I have never done handstand pushups…let alone hand release ones, but I’m just going to try”…people that had never held an ax having to chop wood for time…or the feeling of running over that hill with my team mate by my side and hearing everyone cheering while I tried to hide the tears of pride that were streaming down my face.
But I think that the most important thing I will take from “Back to the Ranch” is this…Life is not about what you can’t do, it is about what you can do…and the one thing that we all can do is TRY. You might not get that hand stand push…but you tried. You might not get that pull up…but you tried. And you might not have finished 1st but at least you tried. You pushed past all the excuses and all the bull sh*t and you tried and for that you won.
Too many times people came up to me that day saying, “after seeing you and your team compete. I should have signed up.” And to them I said, “YES!!! You should have!” If you live in the “could’ve…would’ve…should’ve” moments in life you will get nowhere.
In everyday life and in CrossFit we all have those moments, “I could have pushed myself more…I would have done better if my diet was on track…I should have done more weight.” We aren’t guaranteed to have another chance…we are only given the here and now…live in that moment…So, push yourself more, get your diet on track, and throw more weight on the bar. Don’t let the words “could’ve…would’ve…should’ve” run your life or run your WOD.
“Back at the Ranch” lasted a few hours…but it is an event that will live in my soul for the rest of my days. Too many mothers…sisters…daughters…wives…friends…aunts…girlfriends…have been given a life sentence of breast cancer that is all too short. And I would bet my last dollar they would give anything for one more try and they can’t. So…why can’t you try?
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