Written by: Kyle Bryan
“I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.” ~ Leonardo Da Vinci
Those words ring true in a lot of things that we as crossfitters do in the gym, specifically I think they are most representative of what a lot of us went through during the 2014 CrossFit Games Open. Now that some time has passed since the Open has been complete I wanted to reflect on some of the benefits gained from it. For many of you it was your first competition, and although you might have been nervous you all faced every challenge and put forth your best possible effort. That is something to be proud of and is what I think the most beneficial parts of competing, which is pushing yourself to limits that you never knew you had! I’m sure there were points in any of the Open workouts were you said to yourself, “I can’t keep going” or “I can’t lift that weight”, but none of you quit and I think you all learned valuable lessons from those experiences. Where this translates the most is in our gym on the day to day basis during our WODs. We as coaches can see the extra fight and grit that may have not been there before, but the Open brought it out in you, and it’s an awesome sight to see! Sure, we all compete with ourselves or our fellow Deer during our regular WODs, but there’s nothing else like the feeling you get when you walk out on the gym floor with everyone watching, I’m glad that everyone who did the Open got to feel what that’s like and how it pushed you beyond your boundaries. We all need to feel comfortable in uncomfortable situations, and I think we all got a taste of that. Keep up the good fight Deer!!