A big slap on the back and ‘atta boy’ to our Pearland CrossFit athletes Matthew Farr, Minh Tran who competed in today’s ‘H-Town Throwdown’ CrossFit competition at the Toyota Center.  Oh, and I (John) was there too, but that was just so that I could roll around on the ground after each WOD and cry about how much it all hurt.

It was a wet, dreary day, but a little bit of cold and rain was not enough to deter our athletes as they battled through three WODs including a 3 minute AMRAP of 150# Atlas Stones to Shoulder!  The competition from our area CrossFit affiliates was legit with some serious Regionals contenders in the mix.  A little blood was spilled with a lot of sweat, and while PCF may not have left with a top ranking, it was certainly a glorious attempt!  Much thanks as well to Sarah, Teneric and Jesse for coming out and supporting our athletes!

If anyone is still putting together that list of 2013 goals, I certainly think “Enter Local CrossFit Competition” to be a worthy one.  From a pure personal development aspect, I can say that not much else stretches you as far outside of your comfort zone and provides more insight into your ‘self’ than the challenge of competition.  Afraid that you’re not “good enough?”  Don’t be!  Most competitions have both Rx and Scaled divisions suitable to most levels of athletes and the personal achievement and the earned respect from others comes from the challenge of the competition, not the short lived thrill of victory.   You can also remember, win or lose, you will always have the support of the PCF athlete family behind you 100% with cheers, support and congratulations on a battle well fought!

And if that bit of motivation failed to inspire you, surely this Teddy Roosevelt quote will:

“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”
– Theodore Roosevelt