Sometimes there are quotes that hit right where they need to, sparking a whole story with very few words. WE WANT to be better, have fun and not get hurt. Getting better is a slow process like gaining or loosing weight. The smart people say gaining or loosing 1-2lbs per week is something our bodies can track and change around. Now if you have GOALS that you’d like to achieve, tracking progress/ lack there of, is important as is having a time line to complete or re-evaluate stated goals. When each of us went through elements we were given a book, we’ll give you another and we also sell big ones. In these log books is where we see how we are doing against the ONLY relative comparison, ourselves. Want to be better? Track that shit. If you are computer type person we offer Beyond The White Board and it has all sorts of cool tools.
We stole this from Jill, zero idea who she got it from, thanks Jill.
-Show up and do the work. Some say showing up is the first step, I believe it’s a few steps down the path but the point is there. While in BUD/S keeping count of the quitters is an instructor point of pride, I’ve always contended IF they wanted 100% failure rates, putting an “I quit” button next to our beds would assure that there were no graduates. So fighting the “I gotta go to the box and I’m skeert of what the WOD will be” is huge, first steps. Doing the work. Are you? I mean do you show up, do a few quick push ups, get your sweat on, then leave for a cold one? That’s an hourly wage mentality ( no slights to those of us on hourly) We get to live in these bodies forever, we had better be thinking of them for the long haul not just that cold one. Where’s the hey wake up body I’m about to hit ya, how about the Skill so we are connecting our brains to bodies and getting some motor skills to help out the movements. Did you just throw your self at the WOD or did you pay attention and do the movements correctly, stretching down… holly cow man thats the heat right there GOTTA cool down the motor, even horses get a rub down after a race or day chasing cows.
-Leave Ego at the door. Nothing good happens with a big -id, particularly if there is more than one in the room. Think back to some moments in your life that you’d like to get a do-over for, was your ego involved? As mentioned above, you are already so far ahead by just coming in to play with us, why mess it up by doing something stupid because your -id said it’d be cool. Is a 600lb dead lift going to do something so great for your life that a bulging disk won’t matter?
-Nobody else really cares what your time is. Yes we love to see a good time/ number and hear of our athletes doing better than they had previously. But in reality, where it matters the most is inside your skull and in your log book. I do not know where I heard this or if its all made up but I like it, if everybody was paying you as much attention to you as you thought they were, nothing would ever get done.
“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother to just be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” William Faulkner
-Everybody cares if you cheat! The only person being hurt is the one cheating, yet the stories that fly…. if one is consistently OFF on their count. We do our best at all times to keep the shit talking fun and light, after all the bigger the BS story the better we have to preform to hold up to the story:), but if one is outed for cheating it’ll be a long haul till their name isn’t some sort of punch line. Why would anyone want a factious number on the board, save the funny numbers for the IRS and fantasy football. Go back up and read #1 DO THE WORK. http://wordswithlisbeth.com/2012/10/10/ci-fam/ ( because we love her writings.)
-Effort earns respect. What more needs to be said. IF you have seen effort you have given respect.
A few links we like and some up coming events:
Seems to be a common theme among many American let alone CFers. http://www.boxrox.com/crossfitters-lower-back-pain/
Scaling WODs for best results. http://breakingmuscle.com/functional-fitness/how-to-scale-crossfit-wods-for-measurable-improvements
May 9/10 Spartan Race, Big Fork.
May 30th Spring Fling.
June 27th Muddy Mucker, Great Divide/ Battle of the Beasts, Billings
Sept 29th, Warrior Challenge
“We don’t have to agree on ANYTHING to be kind to one another”