“No animal and no man can roar like me!”

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're competing for "Best Squat." He's winning.

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. 

Competition Support from CFC

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 heard on good authority that sleds are on the equipment list for Life AsRx.

I”ll provide a full report on the Life AsRx event early next week!

“Uhhhh..nuh nah nuh nah”  -MasterP

Author: Elisabeth Akinwale

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  • You are so articulate and I really enjoy reading your blogs since you give the right amount of everything (inspiration, nerves, you lay it all out there!).
    I also think it’s awesome that you draw so much from Asa… that kid is smart.

  • Your writing always makes my day. Ahhh, the inspiration. Asa is my favorite little dude. Make’em say UGHHHHHH this weekend, you r definitely a no limit soldier. 😉

  • I’ve been in competitive sport all my life and have always gotten butterflies and have never gotten used to it. There only sport I didn’t get that feeling was in football. Never once. I feel I perform better when I’m NOT nervous. I can’t explain any of it.

  • Really Ben? Interesting. When I’m not nervous in a competitive situation I feel kind of flat. I guess it’s about figuring out what state you compete best in and making sure you can create that when the time comes. I need to get nervous, sounds like you need to stay calm?

  • It’s an interesting thought, and how important parents are in their kids’ development! In other words, my sister (the aforementioned new girl at the box) didn’t pursue those avenues bc my folks put more emphasis on studies and cultural pursuits (aka dance, which she has won a number of medals in!) I fought against that, and did every sport I could, and my folks hated it! They would have much rather had me doing Indian stuff, and rarely came to my swim meets or UF competitions. Just not valued to them. Even to this day, my dad doesn’t see why I need to be “exercising so frequently.” You know how I feel about that!

  • LOL, “exercising so frequently” I love it!

    Anj, isn’t funny, we’ve both found the same activity we love in Crossfit, but our backgrounds are so different in terms of the values we were raised with? My mom never directly said much of anything about academic performance- we did well, but she never necessarily encouraged any “extra” intellectual pursuits. But growing up I felt like athletic performance was valued highly.

    When I watch my baby move I think he could be a great athlete- which I would love because of all the rewards I’ve found in sports. But really all I want for him is to find and pursue things he’s passionate about.