Where Am I? (Mon 10/25/10)

By October 24, 2010CFMC Blog Archives

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“The first time you accept ‘good’ is the last time you will see ‘excellent.'” -John Ulmo

When you get in your car to go to work each morning, you have a good idea of what route you’re going to take. You know where to turn and how far to go until it’s time to turn again, and you can do all of this while (presumably) following all the rules of the road and avoiding collisions with other vehicles. Maybe you’re going somewhere you’ve never been and don’t have the first clue for how to get there. That’s cool – you can still find your way with the help of a GPS system. But no matter how familiar you are with the route or how good your GPS is, you can’t get where you’re going without a constant awareness of where you currently are and what step you need to take next.

Here’s one that’s happened to all of us at some point or another. Let’s say you’re heading somewhere new, and you’ve diligently programmed the GPS to take you right to the front door. It’s an hour away, so you mute the GPS system and put in some music to make the drive go faster. A few songs later, you and Aerosmith have just finished the cool acapella part at the end of “Love In An Elevator” in front of a crowd of 50,000 screaming fans when you realize that you passed your exit at least 15 minutes ago.

The GPS is of course suggesting you turn around at the next available exit (35 miles ahead), you’ve just been funneled into a single lane because of the highway construction, you’re driving at a blazing 4 MPH behind the worlds largest semi in bumper to bumper traffic that didn’t exist 30 seconds ago, and your one-hour jaunt has turned into a 3 1/2 hour nightmare. And you begin the long road of berating yourself for not paying attention, for allowing yourself to get so caught up that you lost track of what you were doing, and for letting that one stupid thing cause such a waste of time.

It’s time to make sure you’re still heading toward the excellence you said you wanted when you joined the CrossFit gym in the first place. Take a look around and see if you’re accepting “good” anyplace where “excellent” is what you really want, and then step up your game to get you back on track. Good is good, but excellent is excellent, and we aren’t training for third place.


Front Squat 5×5


3 Rounds for time:

30 Wallballs
30 Double-Unders
30 Pullups


400m KB Farmers Walk with a 53lb(men) or 35lb(women) kettlebell in each hand

Groupon WOD

3 Rounds for time of:

10 Wallballs
20 Abmat Situps
10 Burpees

  • michell fishman

    Thanks to Groupon, today was my first crossfit workout. I was the slowest of the three in my session, but I didn’t slow down and I didn’t quit.
    Is it disappointing by the slowest? Yes. But I have no one to blame for my current fitness level but myself.
    I am looking forward to becoming stronger and better every day.

  • Tai

    And you definitely will Michell. Keep on it – the tenacity you clearly have will take you anywhere you want to go! Great work!