They say, as CrossFitters, we train to be really good at anything, not great at anything. But really, we are training to be great at something…CrossFit. We wouldn’t be athletes, and CrossFit wouldn’t be a sport if we weren’t training to be great at it.
CrossFit is just broader of a sport than some other sports. That doesn’t make it any better. It’s all a compromise.
I would argue that my fitness regimen is better than yours (but that’s a different story), my training, for my sport, is goal oriented. And I want to be great at CrossFit. I want to be great at my sport.
And a fitness regimen is different than an athlete training for a sport.
That’s what’s cool about CrossFit, It takes people who just want to work out and turns them into athletes….if that’s their goal. If not, they are cool people doing cool workouts. Which is cool.
I used to have a goal of a 400 pound back squat. I could get there. I could train and eat a lot more and be able to rest more without focusing on the other things I am training for right now. But I’m not, because my sport is CrossFit. I gave up my goal for a different goal. Not any better or worse, just different.
I have a friend who is a professional basketball player. Basketball is her sport. She trains CrossFit to stay in shape and have some fun. She recently competed at her first CrossFit competition, and did really good. She knows if she quit basketball and focused on CrossFit she could be great, but that’s not her goal. She is compromising something for something else.
I registered for an indoor triathalon October 14th.
I registered for a weightlifting meet October 20th.
I am doing the GORUCK challenge November 10th.
I registered for the North of the Border Powerlifting meet in Cincinatti December 1st.
I am actually looking for a sanctioned strongman to do too.
I am not training for any of these, at all, outside of normal CrossFit programming. I am going to keep training the best I can to achieve my goal and then when it comes time for these activities, give it my best shot. I am doing these for fun, and to gain experiences.
I have actually been focusing more on my endurance and skills than I have been strength, as these are my weaknesses in my sport. This will not change.
Last year, I was registered for the same powerlifting meet as I am this year, but with an elite raw total as my goal. It’s nice to go into it this year with no pressure. I am excited and nervous to see what this meet brings, and to hopefully still get an elite raw total. But if not, I bet I will have learned something cool.