This past weekend I was fortunate enough to compete in my first CrossFit competition at the fourth annual Fittest of the Sierras. Going into the weekend my nerves were running through the roof high, I was feeling a drought in my confidence and somewhere in between I spent a lot of time premeditating perfect movements. I quickly learned that the physical and mental roller coaster I was on in the couple months of training and the anxious days prior to the event would pay no homage to the adrenaline surging through my body during those few words that hold no prisoners before a WOD: three, two one, go. I’d love to vividly explain what each moment feels like after that but the next few minutes after being released are lost somewhere between sensory overload and tunnel vision; only seeing the next handful of repetitions that lie ahead while feeding off of the roaring energy of the crowd. The excitement is nearly palpable.
If I haven’t made it clear by now, there is so much more to CrossFit than what meets the eye (candy.) In my last CrossFit post I talked about feeling connected and sharing a camaraderie with CrossFitters that is second to none, and it’s milestones like this one that truly intensify those fruits of the sport. Over the course of the weekend the energy and support amongst competitors and spectators alike was loud and clear. People were screaming at the top of their lungs, cheering, holding their breath in anticipation, reaching out hands in congratulations and instantly connecting to one another.
The even finer beauty of the weekend remained in the charitable cause Fittest of the Sierras was created for. Four years ago the Growing Worldwide Opportunity Foundation saw a possibility to bring people together to create a fire whose inertia would ripple long outside the walls of our box. Fittest of the Sierras has since raised nearly $20,000 to help provide education, shelter and fresh food and water to those less fortunate. It’s almost beyond me that someone is benefiting in the event of such a fun, inspiring, incredible weekend. However, knowing that the sport I love and the growing community of CrossFit comes together for a greater good makes eight minute AMRAPs a pleasure to endure. A sincere thank you to everyone at GWOF for making this event possible, my STCF team members and coaches for their undying support and to all of the inspiring competitors I met this weekend who tightened the community of South Lake to come together and improve our global community, one WOD at a time.
[You can’t tell in the photo but Jack is pouring a Coors Lite over his head after WOD 5, a viable expression of pure joy.]