Have you ever been in a position where no matter how hard you work and no matter how hard you try it is never enough? I have! I think what you do after those situations is more important than anything else. You have 2 options at this point. 1) Go home sulk, complain, and be consumed by it or 2.) Understand the limitations of your body, what your gifts and ability are, harness the strengths and work the weakness. Which option do you think I would recommend choosing? The obviously correct answer...#2!
I have a pretty significant height disadvantage and with tonight's WOD being rowing and running I knew it would be very difficult for me. All day long I stressed about this WOD. How am I going to be competitive in this event. The answer is try my best, make up me time on the run if possible and do consistent work on the row. I did this, stuck to my plan and went as hard as I could. It was not enough. There is no fairy tale ending tonight, no PR's, no great times, just an overwhelming sense of disappointment and frustration.
When I got to high school I tried out for football. I was 90 lbs and short but I never gave up. My coach told my team he would rather have 50 guys like me than the biggest strongest player because I had heart, I fought for every inch of ground I stood on, and never stopped trying. That was the beginning of my transformation. I started to have some confidence and started to believe in myself..."maybe being short and small wasn't that bad". Again it was! I got pushed and shoved into the football lockers, got spitballs shot into my eyes, stuff taken from me and this was all done by my teammates. When I walked down the hall at school I often would get kicked or pushed. One time a guy whose name I will never forget kicked me so hard in the back I flew into a coke machine fell down in front of a hall full of people and then he and his girlfriend stood over me and laughed. I picked myself up and went about my business. This happened until I was junior in high school when I finally was strong enough to stop people from hurting me on a daily basis.
I applaud all my friends at WCCF tonight for their out of this world performances. I am proud of my effort tonight, I am proud of my frustration, but I am most proud of who I am and what I am made up. I am made of patience, commitment, compassion, tenacity, understanding, and an undying will to keep working.
"Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”
- Mario Andretti
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