Despite the fact that CrossFit considers all crossfitters athletes and that Iâ€™d already competed in two CrossFit Games Openâ€™s, I havenâ€™t actually considered myself to be a competitive athlete. (Note, at the time of this writing Iâ€™ve completed my third CrossFit Games Open.) However, during the summer of 2016 I started reflecting on my Why for doing CrossFit.
I honestly donâ€™t remember where the off and on reflecting of my why came from â€“ most likely from something Scott McGee said during some episode of the Wodcast podcast. I started CrossFit originally to finally get myself in shape to better function as a firefighter. I was barely passing our three yearly physicals and knew that something had to be done. But as time passed and my conditioning, strength and what not else got better I began to notice that just doing the daily WODs wasnâ€™t enough for me. I started hitting some other stuff every now and then either to improve my skills or specific weaknesses or just to get something more.
While Anna and I were helping build CrossFit Paja we were doing a weightlifting program which was good â€“ but it also clearly showed me that pure weightlifting wasnâ€™t something I wanted to do. So I had to face the fact that my why had changed from just wanting to be in better shape as a human and firefighter to something more. Or to be clear, I had to make the choice of whether I would continue training just to be a stronger human or for some other goal.
Since at the same time I was approaching the magical age of 40 and being able to compete as a CrossFit Masters athlete I started to seriously consider if ramping up my training and aiming to be a competitive athlete would be a viable goal. The end result of the reflecting that I did during the summer â€“Â and of course the discussions I had with Anna â€“Â was that I would start putting a bit more time and effort to my training than I had been.
(Another authorâ€™s note – like many over 40 year old masters I consider the new 35-39 masters category as baby masters.)
So I decided to participate in the Linna Masters qualifiers and managed to get a spot in the 40-44 age group. So now I really had to start consider myself as a competitive athlete. Which honestly was a bit of a mental shift for me since I never was one for competitive sports when I was a kid or even youngerâ€¦
So in all honesty, be prepared for this blog to cover much more CrossFit related posts in the future as I walk down this path of being an athlete â€“ and firefighter, computer nerd, photographer and crazy dog personâ€¦ :)