When I woke up this morning, one of the first thoughts I had was how proud I am.
Yesterday at the Valentine’s Day Partner WOD, I had the opportunity to see Raleigh CrossFit athletes in action. Everyone was having fun, working hard, enjoying the moments of competition, surprising themselves at how well they rose to the occasion.
To see athletes perform in their arena is what a coach looks forward to. We coach, we teach, we train, we motivate, we inspire, we learn and then we watch. When you as an athlete are out in the arena, it is only you. The coach is there to watch, provide feedback and other things, but it is truly just the coach watching the athlete at work.
Yesterday, was truly an amazing experience. As a coach I am proud of each and everyone one of you who participated. Some of you were nervous, unsure about what to expect; this is all part of competition. There is always some level of expectation and there should be. There is always some level of uncertainty and there should be. However, what is expected is that you will do your best in every rep, in every minute and in every moment. What is uncertain, is how your competitors will perform, how you will adapt to the stimulus and continue forward until the end. All you can do is know yourself as an athlete and what you are capable of. I believe in you from a coach, athlete perspective, and seeing you all perform yesterday is what I think about every day.
As a coach, we want you to be at your best. We will push you in every rep. We want to provide the best feedback we can and then see you put all that you have learned into action. There is no greater moment as a coach than to see you, our athletes, succeed. You all represented Raleigh CrossFit very well. I believe this experience was a success and that it will springboard you all as we head into the CrossFit Open and other competitions in the future. If you weren’t able to participate or if you were unsure if you should, ask one of your fellow Raleigh CrossFitters what they thought of the event. I don’t think there would be one athlete who would offer anything but the suggestion to DO IT NEXT TIME!