As amazing as my first experience was, I wasn’t sure that I wanted to do competitions again… It was not why I started training, and wasn’t even a thought when I transitioned into CrossFit.
I was also very put off by how ugly competition could get… Fitness has always been about me being better than I was yesterday and an escape from the drama of daily life, not a comparison with the next person or a vehicle for more drama). I just wanted to keep getting stronger, keep getting fitter and keep adding to my skill set.
But about 6 weeks ago I saw an Instagram post for the West Coast Ladies Comp and decided I was going to give it another go. Same as last time, this combined two things I love – CrossFit and charity – and was also an opportunity for me to gauge whether there had been any significant improvement in my fitness since last October.
From the second I made the decision to participate, I felt different. Nerves were present but not overwhelming. The excitement was there, simmering just under the surface. Preparation was different. I trained as I always do but with a little more focus and intensity, and when the events were released, trained with purpose.
The hardest part of this whole experience was getting teammates. It was important for me to be with people who had a similar mindset and approach to training in general and this comp. I was hoping to end up with lekker people. I ended up with the best.
When we set out to do this, we had one goal: to have fun. But we also wanted to do our best. As the weeks of prep went on, we discovered that we were a lot more familiar with one another’s abilities than we realised, and that we had reserves and skills we just had not tapped into yet.
Comp day came. I could speak about how challenging it was, or how my heart dropped into my toes when I missed a lift and how it soared again when I saw my 4 year old niece in the crowd, or how hard I celebrated when my teammates hit their PBs. But the one thing that still resonates with me now, 9 days later, is reflected in the image below…
We chose the team name “Just For Kicks” because we that was precisely the reason we chose to compete. We are relatively new to the sport, and did not think of ourselves as serious contenders. Each of us have our own reasons for doing CrossFit. But we all love going to our box, we work hard and we have a lot of fun in class, and that same energy came out in truckloads in a competitive setting. We died laughing
I don’t want to take anything away from the amazing women who stood atop the podium at the end of the day. They are living proof that women are capable of amazing things and that they are a lot stronger than they look. But the whole experience was just so much bigger than the result for me. Feeling supported and celebrated at every step of this undertaking, not only by my teammates, but also by our Coaches and box-mates and families, is what made it as amazing as it was.
The real win was us coming together as a crossfit community, having the best time doing what we love to support a worthy cause.