“It’s not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what’s required.”

– Sir Winston Churchill

A good point there… Then again, that guy was known for his great quotes. I’m sure he was known for more, but being the history ignoramus that I am, I don’t know what that might be. That’s ok though, because Churchill didn’t know crap about CrossFit, and being the complete CrossFit nerd that I am, I definitely have him there. Anyway…

In my opinion doing your “best” is noble and all, and it sounds great when you’re complaining about how much you hurt after a WOD, but what if a ten-minute Fran is less than what was required? How about if the requirement is to walk to the next town because you ran out of gas on a deserted road in the middle of nowhere (read: Ohio – the state without a cell phone tower within 100 miles of the Interstate), and the next town happens to be 15 miles away? If you did your “best” and made it 14.9 miles before you were too tired to walk anymore, you still don’t have any gas. Do you think you could have made it that extra 0.1 mile if your kids were in the car?

Yes, satisfying physical requirements are important, but how about the mental requirements? I submit to you that if your daily aspirations end with “put shoes on the correct feet,” or “aim kinda toward the toilet,” then you’re setting the bar too low. The fact is that you are capable of more than you ever thought possible, and until you test the limits of your abilities you will never know what you are capable of.

Just remember that you are a CrossFitter, and “good enough”, isn’t. Expect more from yourself than society does, work harder than you did yesterday, and reach your potential.

Why? Because mediocre sucks.

Today’s WOD:

5 rounds for time of:

5 Handstand Pushups
10 Pullups
15 Wallballs
20 Burpees

  • Mark.B

    Sometimes getting the shoe on the correct foot is the goal. I hate when I get it wrong!