While my own personal motivation was a huge gain from the day, the best part of Midwest WODFest was watching my family push themselves and achieve. It was a reminder of the community you gain from being in CrossFit. One of my favorite photos from the day is of our family piled up "faces against the glass" watching and cheering on their husband, friend, brother, father, son, and teammate.
You often caught yourself willing an athlete to catch the bar, leaning with them, and waiting nervously as they work to achieve a skill. This is what CrossFit is about.
While I could easily write a blog about the muscles, attractive people, and raw power in the room. I think those things are evident from the photos. April asked me to write about my take from the day and this is it.
CrossFit is defined as varied functional movements performed at high intensity. It's based on functional movements; gymnastics, weightlifting, rowing, and more. While fitness is our main focus, CrossFit is also about community, integrity, character, support, fighting for each other, and pushing others to be their best. Everyone cheered for all of the teams, while you of course hoped your team would come out on top, you would often hear a complete stranger next to you yelling for your own teammate, and as a spectator you caught yourself hoping someone you never met would achieve their goal. Even the athletes would yell for their competitor standing right next to them, and celebrated with them when they finished. That is CrossFit. Starting a WOD wondering if you can even do this and walking away knowing you gave it everything you had, hearing your CrossFit Fam yell from the sidelines pushing you farther than you knew you could even go and knowing you have the support behind you to do whatever is put in front of you.
It was awesome to watch these guys compete yesterday. Just signing up shows something about a person. WODFest is known for it's difficulty and walking into this competition there was no doubt that you would be pushed to your limit. Prior to the competition these guys put in the work at our local box, improving skills and movements knowing they would likely be put to the test. At the same time, whether they knew it or not, they were pushing others around them to do the same.
I am proud to be a part of CrossFit Parsons, even more so after Midwest WODFEST 2016.