The Numbers Game

Sometimes the hardest thing about CrossFit is finding the motivation to WOD while overcoming doubt and nerves.  That’s how I feel today.

Today is the day when I must tackle 2012 Open workout 12.2–the snatch ladder.  This workout is
 as follows:

Proceed through the sequence below completing as many reps as possible in 10 minutes of:

30 Snatch (M 75 / F 45 lbs)
30 Snatch (M 135 / F 75 lbs)
30 Snatch (M 165 / F 100 lbs)
Max Rep Snatch (M 210 / F 120 lbs)

This workout begins from the standing position. The athlete will complete all reps at the first weight before advancing to the next weight. Score is total reps completed in 10min.

I made the mistake of looking at the leaderboards though and for all the blabbering I did about CrossFit being about me, I am now in a competition.  For ten and a half months a year, I’m a normal CrossFit guy doing my WOD’s to beat my personal bests but during the Open, I’m up against almost 35,000 other men in my class.  I’m not going to beat Rich, I’d be happy if he let me carry his groceries, but I’m finding myself trying to figure out where I’m going to fit in.

Going over these numbers though, I had a pretty stark revelation.  Those other 35000 men in my class join me as a very small fraction of the world who are competing in this competition.  We are part of only 0.0005% of the global population…that means that at any given second of the day, there are fewer people competing with me at CrossFit than there are if I log onto Xbox Live for a round of Call of Duty…

How’s that for perspective.

When I set out to write today’s entry, I really had no idea what I was going to write about and now I’m realizing that it really doesn’t matter where I finish, I need to get over that and just do the damn workout.  Even if I finish last, I’m still doing something that 99.9995% of the global population isn’t and I should be proud of whatever I accomplish.

The same goes for you–I don’t care if you’re trying to beat Rich or Annie, or whether you’re trying to beat me.  As long as you reach for personal greatness, you can’t be disappointed in yourself.  Come back next year and get more points…that’s what this is about.

I find this all quite amusing…15 minutes ago I set out to try and explain why I wasn’t motivated, and now I’m wanting the next hour to disappear so I can lift heavy shit over my head. Disregard the fact that my personal record for a snatch is one rep at 135lbs, I’m going to do at least 1 tonight after doing 30 at 75lbs.  I refuse to be beat by a number…31 reps, here I come.

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