Life’s little qualifiers are like thieves. They steal life’s little victories.
“What was your time?,” I overheard one athlete say to another. “7:51,” the woman said with one of those exhausted post workout smiles. “That’s great, but with everything I did yesterday, I don’t think I’ll be able to keep up,” the fresh athlete replied.
Here’s the thing about yesterday – you’re the only one that cares about it.
Selfish children give twisted compliments with qualifiers like the word “but.” Friends, athletes, true CrossFitters let their performance and attitude shine by forgetting what they did yesterday and trying their best today.
Sometimes I think we want to write our previous day’s programming beside our whiteboard time today. That’s the same as saying, “I would be better if yesterday never happened.” That’s douche bag and that ain’t CrossFit.
We used to do barefoot box jumps and nearly naked rope climbs and come back for more the next day without a word. Today we have in-WOD wardrobe changes, double-under pants and excuses for why we didn’t hit that time. Why we missed that PR. And the excuse is never today’s fault, it’s yesterday’s.
If some two day fresh athlete whomps your three day sore bones, suck it up and let them shine. If they don’t understand the difference of training fresh and training beat, then let them learn it just like you have.
What matters is today. Not the qualifiers that sound like yesterday. What matters is that we learn how to have joy for others without having to qualify the actions that make us feel insecure.
Box jumps 24/30
15 Minute limit
EMOTM 10 Minutes
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