So this weekend we have over a dozen first time competitors taking on Reebok CrossFit Frankston Beginners Comp. Some of these people have been competitive in other sports, others never imagined they would be doing something as 'crazy' as this. Either way here's a few thoughts for you before you step out into the arena!
1. You're already Brave.
The bravery was in signing up and turning up on the day. You've already done the hardest part psychologically and for that I salute you! The world is unfortunately chock full of keyboard warriors, armchair critics and Monday morning experts. What it does lack is people who are prepared to put their money where their mouth is, sign up for something tough, uncomfortable and damn challenging and then turn up and lay their heart and soul out on the floor.
So before you start the first WOD tomorrow, give yourself a quick mental pat on the back, because you are already tougher, mentally and emotionally than all those folks on the couch. I'm proud of you, win, lose or draw.
2. Look, Laugh and Learn.
It's easy to get sucked up in all the '3..2..1...Go' stuff that's going to happen but remember that this isn't the Olympics and Guiness World records are not measuring the results. This is a beginners comp - at some point everyone is probably going to do something dumb (trip over) completely gas themselves in the first minute (0-100 in 0.1 sec) or just completely forget what they are meant to be doing.
Who gives a shit. Have a laugh, don't sweat the small stuff and get back on with getting the job done. Watch others, sometimes to learn from them, sometimes to give them a high five or a pat on the back when they need it. You're all in the trenches - that's often where the best friends are made.
Remember whilst you're watching others and being inspired - you are doing exactly the same for a lot of other people. Some of them will be there watching you - others will be back home. Kids, partners, friends are going to be looking at what you're doing and going - what if I could do that? How awesome is my mum/dad/brother/sister/weird next door neighbour?
3. Have fun but have the Game Face handy.
Victory is victory. Sometimes that victory is you versus you - the win might be fronting up to WOD #1, it might be a PR or hitting something you thought was beyond you. But sometimes it's about seeing the finish line and knowing you can take it from all those around you - have fun but don't be ashamed to go for the win.
Smile inside but when you look across to the lane next to you at the start, this face would be appropriate.