The little dude has skills and he knows it. Nobody can do it like him, and he’s competitive. He will prove he can beat you, even if it requires changing rules mid-game to make it happen. To add insult to injury, he will throw out a consequence for losing such as a 100 burpee penalty for not getting a match in a game of Memory. I would love/hate to see that in a WOD- go head to head with someone and burpee penalty for losing!
We may need to work on his sportsmanship, but I love his competitive spirit. I think we all have some of it in us, even if it’s buried really deep down. Since I grew up in sports and competitive environments it’s only in my adult life I realized that’s not the norm for everyone. I was talking to one of the newer girls at the box the other day and she mentioned that the medal she had received for her recent 5K was the first medal she had ever won. I really can’t remember a time not having medals and trophies around the house from both my sister’s and my own athletics. Being involved in competitive sports was just a normal part of life for us.
The same girl at the box went on to say how nervous she was for Fight Gone Bad. I tried to reassure her that the nerves are a good thing, but again, for someone who hasn’t experienced it before it must be a really uncomfortable feeling. Hell, it’s uncomfortable for me and I’m familiar with it. But I can take solace in knowing that being nervous before an event is really going to help me. One of my favorite comedians Katt Williams said applause is his drug of choice- I think adrenaline is my drug of choice. There’s nothing like it when the horrible butterflies in your stomach translate into what feels like mass quantities of extra strength and energy and in turn bigger lifts and faster metcons. Then comes the endorphin rush. Yes, I’m a fiend! Not only have I become accustomed to the pre-competition adrenaline, but I really need it and I’m trying to perfect my ability to use it to my advantage. I talk a bit about nerves in this interview at the Games: http://games.crossfit.com/features/videos/thrilled-compete-elisabeth-akinwale
In search of an adrenaline fix, this weekend I will be competing at the Life AsRx Tour Chicago event. In all seriousness, the biggest reason I want to compete is that we don’t seem to have a lot of Crossfit competitions here in the Midwest compared to the coasts. Since one is being held locally I feel that I should support it by getting involved, despite having no metcon right now. Besides, how could I refuse a competition whose standards video involves a MasterP soundtrack and a shakeweight?
I”ll provide a full report on the Life AsRx event early next week!
“Uhhhh..nuh nah nuh nah” -MasterP