Had to share this amazing post by my brother @bodybyblakesama ⬅️⬅️⬅️ give him a follow.
This post is in no way meant to be braggadocious, and those who know me know I am not happy or satisfied with where I placed, but if it can inspire even 1 person . The CrossFit opens have ended and it has been great to see some incredible athletes perform. However, I feel like we become accustomed to seeing those who have been athletic their whole life crushing it. I, on the other hand, come from a different background.
I was overweight, bullied and not athletic in high school (yea, top right). In college I pursued simultaneous BS and MS degrees in engineering, preventing any competitive athletics. BUT, I was introduced to CrossFit and the energy of competition began coursing through my blood.
Regardless of holding down a full time engineering job, and building/running a business, I have made the time to train, and busted my ass ever since, never faltering (me today bottom right). This year I placed 8th in MA and 65th of about 16,000 in the hardest region in the world, without any individualized coaching, ever. Consistency and drive were my greatest allies and continue to be. I don't take any crazy supplements and have never taken anything illegal, I just work my ass off. Moral being, you don’t need a strong background in something to try it, or master it.
You do need to want it bad enough though. Bad enough to sacrifice for it, live it, and give it everything you have. But never wait, or write yourself off because you don’t think it is possible or you'll never get there. Know that you have more potential than you probably give yourself credit for, and if you commit yourself, amazing things can happen.
I congratulate all those moving on to Regionals…I will see you there next year.