I always find it difficult to express in words the inspiration I feel after watching our Pearland CrossFit athletes put themselves “out there” in the spotlight of competition. I mean, I get inspired emotionally by a lot of what goes on in our box on a daily basis; seeing PRs broken, lives literally transformed, fitness goals achieved, dramatic changes in body composition, average folks doing the extraordinary, but nothing really inspires me like competition!
Why? It’s scary, it’s uncomfortable, crowds are watching, expectations surround, and no matter what, you’re never really “ready”.
So today I want to extend a huge congratulations to our athletes who competed in yesterday’s Oktoberfest Obliteration V. As far as competitions go, outside of the Games and Regionals events, this is about as big of a stage as you can compete on. In almost every category, these athletes were competing against the sport’s top competitors.
Talk about guts? In his first CrossFit competition, Gilbert Valdez showed up knowing that the 135# snatch may be more than he could handle. Guess what? It wasn’t! Snatching 135# almost a dozen times in WOD 2 of the day, Gilbert made a great showing in the Masters division. Talk about a guy who proves age is only a number, we can’t wait to see Gilbert compete again!
Only 4 months into the sport, young Kelsey Pincus has again shown her mettle! Proving that sometimes you just have to ignore those voices in your head saying you’re not ready and go for it, Kelsey threw herself in on a team with competitors who each had over two years CrossFit experience each. No pressure right? Kelsey put up some major weight and proved she could hang with any athlete in the field.
How about driving in from out of state the night of the event, completing the previous day’s event at 11:00PM the night before, and then making it out the next morning to complete another full day of events? Now that’s heart! That’s Karl Hines! Making heavy weight look light, Karl competed in a field complete with CrossFit games athletes and others from the top of our representing Pearland CrossFit in a manner in which we can all be proud. Karl is a fierce warrior in competition who carries himself humbly and is always there to encourage others, we are thankful such an awesome individual chooses to be a part of our gym family.
Last minute team changes? CrossFit was founded on the “unknown and unknowable”. How about a phone call the day before the city’s biggest competition asking if you would join a team of complete strangers and compete? Ben Guidry was the man, and did he ever come through for us! One of AllSport CrossFit’s coaches and original athletes, Ben demonstrated the true spirit of CrossFit as well as coming through for us in a big way in every single event of the day! Thanks Ben for saving the day!
And what else can we say about Sara Lay that hasn’t already been said before? Strong, fast and just an awesome person to have on your team, Sarah breezed through the days events making quick work of any challenge put in her path. Oktoberfest was really just a warm-up for her big showing in two weeks at the Eado Elite Open competition. Please come out and support her on November 2nd as she takes on the top CrossFit athlete’s in the city.
If you’ve ever thought about competing, there are always plenty of opportunities. Talk to one of our PCF coaches if you would like some additional information on where or when these events are held.