Thursday, July 22, 2010

A Great Time to Quit

The 2010 Crossfit Games have come and gone and life is back to normal. Lindsay Smith got 12th place over all and Carey Kepler placed 16th Jen Cardella 26th and Jessica Sharratt came in 31st great showing from all the Central Athletes! Team Crossfit Central was 7th out of 66 teams from around the world Andy Lewis Alex Janss Web Smith Lisa Thiel Crystal Nelson Travis Holly.

I have attended all Crossfit Games as a participant up until this year. Year One 2007 I showed up and was not ready for what I was about to do. I got Rhabdo and could not straighten my arms for 7 days after the competition. My pull ups went to zero for 3 months. Year Two 2008 I was ready and trained up to meet the competition I remembered from the year before OPT, Speal, Josh Everett, AFT and others. I was able to step it up on the last workout and place 3rd over all. It was a great day for me but the following 6th months I faced a severe lack of desire to train and had a constant wet towel on me so it felt like. I figured I had adrenal fatigue syndrome but was never diagnosed. Year Three 2009 I had a great training partner with me Lance Cantu. In 2009 Crossfit HQ implemented regional qualifiers I was able to opt out do to finishing in the top 5. The 2009 Crossfit Games where the toughest event I had competed in in my entire life. We did 8 workouts in two days it was brutal. I made it into the final 16 and got injured on the last day. I was unable to do pull ups for 4 months after the Games.

Coming into the 2010 Crossfit Games I was very hesitant to pushing my self to unknown limits. The previous years had taken a toll on my mind and how far I could push my body. I believed that doing Crossfit to fast to hard could really take a toll on your body and system. I ended up finishing 21st in the competition almost to my delight I didnt think I could manage the wear and tear of another games.

In the last two months I have been able to come into great insight. I have learned a lot about my self and many beliefs about my abilities that were holding me back.

2011 is the best year for me to hang it up and throw in the towel and say my day has come and gone the Crossfit Games are no longer in my possibilities.

This is the day I live for the momentum has stopped the odds are stacked up against me. What will I do?

1. The Road Not Taken

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;        5
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,        10
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.        15
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.        20

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Lion Heart said...

it's just a test... either way you choose, you pass

much love

Karl Eagleman said...

Jeremy, I just wanted to let you know that I greatly admire your passion and commitment to the sport of CrossFit. You're an inspiration to me and my training. Just because you might be choosing to close the book on your competitive days, doesn't mean that you aren't still one of the fiercest firebreathers to attack a WOD. Keep it up, brother! said...

Excuse me? You're not done yet. You'll have a training partner this year. That is all.

Tom Nelson said...

It is not the path you take that makes you is what you do with that path that makes you great.

~Melisa said...

It's hard for me to explain what I felt reading this. On one hand, I know that you are an amazing, talented athlete who can compete and compete pretty damn well.
But on the other hand, I know exactly what you mean by training for something so hard, getting injured, and then not being able to do the sport you love for weeks or months at a time. That's why I gave up on marathoning. Or so I thought. Rick and I are planning on doing one together this year after I planned on "throwing in the towel". So, my friend maybe you aren't finished and as Kris said, "Either way you choose, you pass". You're awesome, JT!

georgia said...

Sometimes our bodies betray us so that we open our eyes to other, greater possibilities. Kristie Phillips (gymnast) gave a wonderful interview post-1988 Olympic Trials that you may want to Google.

11 years later, at the grandma age of 27, she returned to gymnastics at the elite level and placed 23rd at Nationals.

Yogini said...

A man of heart and many talents you are... Wise is knowing when to move on from one goal to the next. If we spend our lifetime defending the "heavy weight champ" title, eventually the positive goal we successfully MET becomes a painful trap in what seems the LOSS that is the nature of not being able to forever defend it. This is where a positive goal has potential to turn into a negative one sometimes. Only you know what's best; when the perfect timing is to set your sights on a new goal...and I have no doubt there's a world of possibilities within your heart. "You are Limitless".

all love,

Mark E. Wallace said...

You're a champion with or without a competition to prove it, Jeremy. Congrats on all that you have achieved and will continue to achieve.

- Mark

Kris said...

I was a distance runner in junior high, high school and two years of college. I've done four marathons, including Boston, and run from the north to the south rim of the Grand Canyon (24 miles) twice. Yet as much as I want to, I can't bring myself to run stuff like that anymore. It drains me completely; worse, running is a sport that has provided me incredible experiences and memories, but I find I love it less and less every time I force myself to run anything more than 6 or 7 miles. I felt bad about that until I realized that none of my peers who had run at the same level I had back in the day were still competing or still doing marathons. They'd all moved on. And I admire them for that, because it takes guts to embrace a different path and search out the next thing you love and that gives you joy. Maybe you need some time away to rekindle your passion for CrossFit, or maybe you need to take a new path. Either way, it takes courage to stop and admit you're at a crossroads, rather than just blindly trudging on. Good luck, Jeremy!

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