Monday, May 31, 2010
Workout of the Day
Back Squat 5-5-5-5-5 reps
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CrossFit North Atlanta finished very strong, took 6th place, and also qualified for the Games. Our hearts and love go out to two of our very best athletes, Leah P. and Ken G., who gave their absolute best effort, both in preparation and on the day, but failed to advance past this brutally competitive stage. In a heartbreaking result, Leah finished in a tie for the 4th and last female qualifying spot, but lost out on the tie breaker to fellow Atlantan Laura DeMarco. Ken finished a very respectable 8th. Overall, Atlanta and Georgia performed extraordinarily well. CrossFit Decatur finished in 9th, one place out of qualifying On the men's side Brandon Phillips finished 2nd, and Shana Alverson finished 3rd, so that Atlanta area folks took 3 of the top 5 places on the women's side, and 2 of 4 on the men's side. There was so much excitement, so much drama, so much heartache, so many highs and lows, that we will be talking about this weekend around the gym for a long time
When you work so hard, and come so close, it's sometimes difficult not to fall into the trap of thinking that success and failure, or your worth as a person, are defined by outcomes and place scores. They are indeed one measure of success, but never the most important. In events like these, and in much else, too many things that affect outcomes are beyond your control, not least of which is the performance of other competitors. The truest measure of success is whether you have done the best you are capable of, and all of the competitors deserve our praise for having done their best. Making the journey, the effort–that's what it is really all about.
Some quotes from my favorite coaches, John Wooden & Vince Lombardi:
"The final score is not the 'final score.' There is nothing wrong with the other person or team being better than you are, as long as you do everything possible to prepare for the challenge ahead. The score can never make you a loser if you have done your best."
"I know you can’t be perfect. No one is perfect. But making the effort to be perfect, trying as hard as you can, that is what life is all about."
"The will to excel and the
will to win, they endure. They are
more important than any events which occasion them"
Finally, it's Memorial Day, and time to reflect upon and be grateful for the sacrifices of those who have fought and died for this great country.