We quickly got into a deep conversation during the weightlifting course last night.
“Have you seen some of the scores the girls have put up?”
I replied, searching for some more depth “what do you mean?”
“You know, some of the girls in intermediate have put up some ridiculous weights for their Cleans. And, I am pretty sure some of those Scaled girls are not scaled”.
She was referring to the New Zealand Nationals Online Qualifier.
At the end of the day, someone must win. No matter how many people are removed from a category, at the end of the day, someone will win. That’s the point of a competition.
However, as an individual competitor it is your responsibility to choose your category correctly. By correctly, I do not mean a category by which you are competitive. I mean the category with best represents your ability.
You can do a couple of Muscle Ups, you can handstand walk 5 meters on a good day, and you know you can probably clean 130kg provided you are feeling good. But, you are feeling relatively unfit, and knowing that the likes of Kevin Manuel and Luke Fiso will be competing in the Rx category. Where do you belong?
Let’s have a look…
The Rx division requirements state. Front Squat: Men 80 kgs +, tick. Bar and Ring Muscle Up, tick. Strict HSPU: 4 – 6 consecutive reps, tick. So basically, you can tick off everything in the Rx category. But, you are not sure if you will be competitive. Or do you mean, you do not want to go up against Kev, or Luke because you won’t win. That’s the same as, Rob Forte not going to the CrossFit Games, because he believes Mat Fraser MAY beat him. Or, Megan Signal not going to the Pacific Regionals, because Kara Webb MAY beat her. That’s BULL SHIT!
How do you honestly expect to get better, if you enter the wrong category because you gauge yourself off how competitive you are against the competitors in that division?
Just because you MAY NOT win, does not mean you should go down a category to win that one.
Grow a pair, and push yourself.