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41,978th Place

That was my placing in the CrossFit Open this year.  41,977 people did better than me in the CrossFit open.

I can look at that in one of two ways.

1) I got beat by 41,977 people therefore I suck.


2) I finished in the top 27% of the entire world.

I choose number 2.  The truth of the matter is this…

I came from an obese childhood where the most athletic thing I did was play trombone in marching band.

I’m now 33 years old, in the best shape of my life, and I’m in the top 27% of the the fittest people on earth that competed in this event.  I know that I did the best that I could. I know that I worked very hard all year, and this was the culmination of all my hard work. I have no desire to go to the CrossFit Games, but what’s cool about the open and this format is that we do get to see where we stack up.

And I’m happy with the top 27% in the world. Next year I should finish better and the year after that even better, but the goal is not to win the CrossFit Games the goal is to see what I can do to move towards the best version of me possible.

The awesome thing about CrossFit is that the target is always moving. You never reach the end, because we train for life, and we are always training on getting better. Sometimes that’s hard to grasp at the beginning, but when you learn how to go out there and lay it all on the line again and again, hard things in life become easier. Set backs become challenges, and struggles are just things you need to work on.

I want to encourage each of you to do the open. It really is cool to see where you are, and then you’ve got a more clear path on where to go.

How did you stack up? Do you find competition motivating?



2 x 5, 1 x 5+

Met Con: 

KB Swings x 21 (over Helen weight)

800m run

3 rounds

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