Competition: Winning vs Losing
Now of course I am not using the word “best” in reference to “most fun” or “most memorable” (at least not in a good way); I’m talking about “best” as in what will help us become better athletes.
Having success is an important part of competition, because if we always failed/did poorly, it
a) wouldn’t be much fun;
b) would probably result in us quitting/giving up; and
c) we’d never reach a higher level (kinda hard to get to the next level of competition if you keep coming in last).
Lessons from Losing
This is something I needed to remind myself after last weekend (I competed on a team with my older sister Sally in the CrossFit Squamish Fall Challenge, and I did a lot worse than I’d hoped), and I figured the best way would be to put into words the ideas that were bouncing around in my head.
Going into the competition, I knew there were going to be some REALLY strong competitors… and knowing Jesse Bifano and Chris Schaalo (the competition organizers), I was pretty sure the WODs were going to be rough. But after training hard all summer and really focusing on my strength, I was feeling… well… strong.
And as it turns out, I was/am as strong as I expected. Sally and I came in 3rd on WOD 2 Part 1 (a 2-min AMRAP of 135# back squats), which is by far the best I’ve ever placed in competition and it felt awesome (we high-fived when the results/rankings were posted). However, I didn’t really learn anything from this workout because I already knew my squats were good — I’d been squatting all summer.