A Year in Review – by Corina Powell

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Last year was the first time that I had ever competed in the Open. It was something I knew I would “eventually” do but it just wasn’t high on my priority list. I had just moved for the second time, acquired a new job and I hadn’t been CrossFitting for long enough to feel like I would do well. I went into the workouts thinking, “Well hey I enjoy CrossFit and I’d like to know where I am so let’s give it a whirl.” I did each of the workouts twice at Gabriel’s recommendation and ended up placing 352 in the Southern California Region. For my first time ever competing in the Open I was pretty proud of my accomplishment but it was also what lit a fire for the year to come.  

Ending that Open, I reflected on my fitness and my goals and decided that overall, my biggest goal for the year was to just “get better at everything!”. Now to anyone who coaches goal setting, I know that my goal was not even remotely what it should have been. It wasn’t descriptive, it wasn’t measurable and I had no idea how at the end of the year I was going to assess whether or not I had accomplished that goal other than to say to myself “yep, I got better.” Lucky for me, I’ve got a coach who also happens to be the love of my life who is (in an adorable way) obsessed with the creation of goals and how to set goals that you can measure. He asked me what my goals were for the year and challenged me to define a goal that would push me for the entirety of the year. After creating small measurable goals focusing on specific movements (I still hadn’t mastered a muscle up) we came to the conclusion that my overall goal needed to focus on where I wanted to end my Open season.

Break into the 200’s by placing 299 or lower in the Southern California Region. I knew it was an ambitious goal, jumping even a few spots when new and amazing athletes are breaking onto the scene everyday and the veterans seem to just keep getting better would be an accomplishment. I knew there was  a good chance I wasn’t going to get there but I decided that deep down in my heart and soul that is what I would be striving for. A couple of months ago, Gabriel wrote a blog where he talked about not being a coward when setting goals for yourself and embracing the challenges that truly scare you. The goal that I had set scared me, I didn’t want to fail, I didn’t want to be embarrassed if I didn’t reach my potential and I didn’t want to admit to myself that the only person to blame for not reaching my goal would be myself.

After one year of work here is the summary:

I didn’t reach the 200’s, I ended the Open season in 302nd place in the Southern California Region.

Now while I know it is still an accomplishment and I am still proud of the progress that has been made, to me it is significant to tell myself that while 302 is better  that 352 it isn’t the best and I am still unsatisfied. I place the failure in bold as a reminder that it is my goal and the only person who can change the outcome of the goal is me. A new goal looms  ahead of me to make it under 225 in the next Open and while it is again a huge jump and maybe one that I won’t reach, I will be damned if I don’t give it my all trying to get there. Whatever your goals are, I hope that you keep making new ones and I hope that in the beginning those new goals seem impossible because if that isn’t how far you’re reaching or how far you’re pushing yourself then how will you ever improve?

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