Well Wednesday morning there was a buzz at CFP as Athletes started to roll in for the anticipated release of WOD 1 from HQ at 11am. As we all now know, due to technical problems that didn't eventuate. WOW what a roller coaster ride that was for you. I had given up all hope that we would do any games WOD that day until Jo Taylor contacted me with "WODs up" So BOOM of we went to CFS for the scheduled "Games WOD"
What an exciting time this is for CFP & CFS, & CrossFit in general. A brand new sport & we are a part of it.. When CFP first started we envisaged CrossFit being a Team sport & anyone who trains at either CFP or CFS knows of our Numbered Athlete program. CFP chose their Team Captain as Veronica Mifsud.
So it was fitting that in heat one at CFS, it was CFPs Team Captain that was in that first heat.. The buzz at CFS was incredible. We had people new to CrossFit as well as CFS & CFP firebreathers all going at it, & our CFP Captain set the bar for what was to be expected. The enthusiasm was something else.
Over the week, we opened up both boxes at different times to our members & seen many examples of people punching above their weight.
Then on Friday I seen something from a Coaches perspective that made me realize why I do this. We had Margaret, our oldest Athlete (78) have a crack for the first time. She turned up with her usual determination but due to elastic waist pants, wrong shoes & wrong strategy she didn't reach her potential (23 DUs)
But what hit home was at end of WOD I looked across & seen Margaret with head in hands & I realized how much this meant to her. Not so much her winning, but wanting to do the best for the Team & she felt like she let her team down. (I even choke up now just thinking about it) Well today we now know that we have an extra week, but we had another hit out anyway. Today we had Lynne go at it again with another strategy that sees her ranked 2nd in the world in her class. And we seen Courtney do better 2nd time around & also Margaret had her second hit out with a much improved score of 1 full round & 1 double under.
The things that stand out for me are, (1) the way CFPs Captain carried herself this week. She set the tone right from the start on what was expected & had a Great Captains Knock (if you were not at CFS ask Dan M)
(2) The comraderry shown between CFP & CFS Athletes
(3) That age is irrelevant when we think of competitiveness or Teamwork.
In closing I could not of expected a better kick off to the season with our Captain leading us in to battle & Margaret closing the show for the week.
(NOTE: Due to CFS being a new affiliate, it does not have a Team Captain as yet) and we hope that the latest proposal of extending competition for a week is re considered.
Please leave comments to your 1st weeks experience.