Something to go with CrossFit Relentless's first CrossFit Competition. . . and every other CrossFit competition that is available to you as an athlete.
Do you know what it means to compete?
Compete - To strive against another or others to attain a goal, such as an advantage or a victory
In other words: contend, fight, rival, vie, challenge, struggle, contest, strive, pit yourself against someone other than yourself - or can you fight against yourself?
Are you afraid of competing? What about that scares you? Have you ever done it before? Was the first experience a bad experience?
Most of the time it is a lack of knowledge about what is going to occur. Have a little fear, not "no fear" cause that induces a cockiness that isn't acceptable. For example, I am afraid of a 500lb backsquat, that's alot of weight! Right now, I can barely get 400lbs off of the rack on my back, let alone squat with it. I would drop to the floor quicker than a Graham Holmberg burpee.
CrossFit Competitions are a little different. A fellow Coach mentioned the other night that CrossFit had the only events she had ever attended as an athlete where the person she was going against offered her a tip to make something she was doing better, not to mention that if they finish before you, they actually cheer you on! Get out!!
I offer another point of view - you get better through competition. Not just the WOD's at your box, where you go against people that you've never met and look at their numbers or times on a whiteboard and not the classes where you battle it out with the athlete next to you. I'm talking about the competitions where people genuinely yell until their throats are raw, the competitions where the prior 275lb clean turns into the 300lb clean with ease. . . or where the PR was set and you were never even close to that number any other time. Adrenaline shoots through you as an athlete, giving you the natural steroids to turn the athlete into the warrior - into the beast.
Watching other athlete's also gives you some perspective
I have found that in other competitions outside of CrossFit, if a fellow CrossFitter sees you, that general nod that is associated with recognition is no longer used, the verbal encouragement is apparent. It runs rampant in this culture - and it's not just encouraging, it's motivational. "You can do it", "Keep moving", and "Don't give up" are all that you need to hear to kick start that internal engine to push the minds negativity out of the way and allow the body to do what it does best.
“A competitive world offers two possibilities. You can lose. Or, if you want to win, you can change.”