[Another great debut on the CrossFit Genesis blog, this one from Rick. - John P.]
I have always looked at my fitness levels in terms of athletic competition – fighting, wrestling or racing. Can I do it better or faster than someone else?
Last week, I took the family camping at high mountain lake near Tahoe. The boats and gear had to go from the truck to the water and back a half a dozen times.
At the end of one hump with a loaded canoe, Sally said, “It kind of makes you glad you did those farmer’s walks, huh?” Later, the kids wanted some help with the rock castle they’d built. I went for the biggest rock I thought I could carry. When I got back to the castle, Sally was there, catching her breath, with a giant boulder at her feet too.
Five years ago, I never would have expected Sally to carry a heavy boat or ice chest down a hill to the water. I certainly wouldn’t have thought she would jump in a canoe and paddle across a lake.
On the CrossFit main site it says “Forging Elite Fitness.” It’s empowering. I am sure that is the point of choosing strong words like “forging” and “elite.” But looking back on my weekend with my family, it wasn’t about fitness.
I guess I have finally come to terms with what all this is really about. In the past, I have never had the motivation to train for what I considered nothing. I needed a fight or a race. Finally, maybe I have learned that it’s about enjoying our lives – not in the sense of decadence but in terms of being able to do what we need to, to do whatever we want to.
With all due respect, the elite levels of fitness are great, but it may be more appropriate to look at what we are doing as “Forging Elite Levels of Living.”