I just checked the Crossfit games website to make sure of a few little odds and ends, and ticking away furiously on the right side of the page is the countdown timer. A little over five days remain until the first WOD is released.
I am going in to this knowing that I will not be advancing, and that if a WOD involves double unders or pull-ups early, I am in big trouble.
I am also going in to this much different than I was at this time last year. First off, I did not enter and never thought I would. I never thought I would be good enough to do it. This year I know that I have made so much progress and can do parts of the WODs, which is a whole heck of a ton better than not showing up at all. And even though they are not pretty and they hurt, I can do 65lb thrusters. I can string together burpees. I can do regular push-ups. I can clean at least 85 lbs, and I can get it over my head. My squats are getting better and I can Rx wall balls – not pretty, but I can. Sit ups? Pssshhh – got that one down, and I am getting faster. Run 200m – less than a minute now. Deadlifts? My fave!! And I can jump on the short box (not quite Rx) every stinking time.
I could do none of that last year. None. Zero. Zilch.
This year, I can.
My coaches are amazing, my workout buddy is awesome, and my friends at the box are incredibly supportive.
And even though I know I am not going to win it and go on to regionals, I have already won in more ways imaginable.
Five days and counting until 3…2…1…GO!