Week 7 – The “C” Word
I’m not going to pretend I have anything revolutionary to say about the recent news of Crossfit Athletes being suspended for years of competition for testing positive for banned substances. The article, posted by HQ, can be found here. It’s just news these days, Crossfit has become like any other sport, where a living, a handsome living in some cases, can be made through success. Where that allure exists, then so to will people seek it out through any means necessary. I’m not sure what people expected, with people like Lance Armstrong, Barry Bonds, and the like and purses now in the six figure range, it was inevitable. Crossfit is not the purist form of badass-ery and fire breathing that it used to be, it’s now science, coaching, nutrition, sleep, mobility, its everything any other professional sport is, including the drugs. One of my favorite websites wrote a very long piece about all of this over a year ago – 70’s big article. Instead what I want to focus on is the rest of us.
I was watching CBS Sunday Morning with the pup, like I do most Sunday’s and there was a piece about character that struck me in light of the this last weeks’ news. Read it here. The basic short version is that he draws a very important line between character and reputation that I found very poignant. In middle school, our headmaster used to say that character is what we do when no one is looking. So often people with reputations tend to get confused about which is more important, and sacrifice their character, in the name of reputation. I found myself in a similar circumstance, normally I train alone in the mid-morning these days, there’s no one around to keep me honest, not that there should need to be. But let’s be honest, there are days when you just feel like going home, for no real reason. It’s in these moments I think about my headmaster, and if I’d be proud of myself at the end of the day. Not what someone else would think. I don’t mean to soapbox here, no one is perfect, especially me. But I wanted to seize the opportunity to draw the distinction between the now profession athlete, and the rest of us.
There are a lot of bubble athletes who might now be wondering how pervasive performance enhancing drugs are, whether or not that’s the reason they were left 5 or 10 spots from regionals, and honestly it might be. But to them I say, good, sleep well tonight and every night. Rest on the hard work you’ve done and earned. That kind of work is the kind that will keep the sport moving forward, it’s the kind of work that keeps every professional sport moving forward, at it’s base level there is always someone working hard for the sake of it. I’ve always said its important to have a reason, because there will always be an excuse or a way out. Find that reason, let that passion drive you and the performance will follow, and if it doesn’t, who cares. I’m done – this is already not the post I meant to write, but its the one that came out.
His name is Beasley, he’s paleo, he eats a lot, sleeps a lot, plays a lot and doesn’t quite understand stairs yet, but we’re working on it. And of course, there’s always time for #mealprepsunday.