We wanted to share an email we received from Chris Kimball last week. Chris sent this to us the day we were heading out of town, so we apologize for the delay in posting this insightful note. We want to thank Chris for taking the time to share this with us. This note is seriously what Uncommon is all about – this is why we are here. This is why we need all of you because each one of us plays an important role in making Uncommon great.
Chris joined us last May and it has been amazing to watch the progress he has made over the last 10 months. Progress that we believe is due to his consistency and commitment to eating well, doing CrossFit & being accountable to his fellow Uncommoners. We think it is important for everyone to glean a little from what Chris wrote, especially before the Open.
Have a great week Uncommon Nation!
Pete & Crystal
Okay… so I had to pen this as soon as I got home before the thoughts left my mind. I don’t really care what you guys do with this, but it was another one of those “holy crap” Crossfit moments that I felt like, this time, needed to be shared.
So part of my 2014 objectives include a stronger overall commitment to Crossfit. That can mean a lot of things, so I’ve tried to refine it into more tactical, achievable goals made possible through small changes. One of those small changes was to trust the Crossfit Invictus programming. That was difficult for a few reasons. One, and I’m sure I speak for other Uncommoners, is that we are drawn to the uniqueness of the box and the diversity of the coaching staff. If you’ve dropped in at a few boxes, the differences are immediately identifiable. Point being, it took me awhile to accept the fact that – just because Crossfit Uncommon began following Crossfit Invictus programming did not make Uncommon any less, well… uncommon.
Pulling this thread a little more… Invictus programming includes a lot of partner WODs. Now, I don’t cherry-pick, but until today, I didn’t appreciate partner WODs. Why? Part of what drew me to Crossfit was the fact that you can be an individual athlete in a community of athletes, and draw on the energy of that community… but at the end of the WOD, accountability for how you performed rested solely on you. However, with a partner WOD, you are accountable to your teammate as well, and they are accountable to you. I viewed partner WODs myopically in these terms, and it detracted my attention from one of the greatest benefits of this programming method.
Tonight, when I quickly volunteered to be the odd man out on a partner WOD, Pete, immediately rejected this avid display of volunteerism, and partnered me with an athlete who most would agree is one of the most well-rounded and proficient athletes Uncommon has to offer. In doing so, I felt compelled to push harder and reject whatever barriers or limitations I thought might have existed. My mind asked the question “If he can put out that hard, why can’t I?” That thought forced me to a level of commitment to a WOD that I haven’t felt before, but will seek out at every opportunity going forward.
This experience was one more step in my commitment to become a more dedicated Crossfit athlete this year, and every year going forward that my body will allow. The overarching message here is to trust the fact that there are people out there that know more than you do. Accept the fact that no two athletes are created equally. And finally, make a concerted effort whenever possible to leverage the collective strengths of the community. After all, that is why we are part of the Uncommon community. No elite Crossfit athlete ever became elite by staying in their comfort zones. Today, a great coach and a strong athlete afforded me an opportunity and put me in a position choose to be better than I was when I walked in the door 30 minutes earlier. For that, I am grateful and I am committed.