A different kind of repeat
Usually when we think of the word repeat, we think of something that is done over and over. I think of repeatedly asking my kids to take out the garbage or taking the same drive to work every day. Sometimes the word brings back memories of won state championships or music competitions. Repeat is a word that often times denotes two things. Success or failure.
In order for successful repeat to happen it takes a lot of work. It takes dedication, sacrifice, determination, adaptation, grit, passion, heart. Or, in the failure aspect, it takes the lack there of.
CrossFit 8035 is making their third appearance at the Central Regional, this year being a successful repeat.
In todays CrossFit, it takes a lot more work to make it to Regionals each year. Teams especially build their idea of super teams, bringing the most elite of the elite they can, to make them the best they can. People move to different cities and states to make that happen. Long gone are the days of taking the best 6 athletes in your gym and making an attempt to train for regionals.
And that's what makes 8035 different. Different in that these athletes are homegrown. Des Moines community folks who joined a gym with a competitive class to work towards being better at local competitions.
But the different doesn't stop there.
Many teams work together weekly through multiple workouts through out the year. When the Open gets close, that changes to a few times a week. And then that becomes a daily effort. But with 8035, the group diversity doesn't allow for that. They can't make being a professional athlete be their career. Of the 8 team members, 7 work full time and 1 is a full time Physical Therapy student at Des Moines University, so fitting in time each day to train together is impossible. Currently, they meet all together twice a week for a team workout and all the other expected training is done when they can make it work with their individual schedules.
When I asked for a word that describes their team, I was told determined, guts, passionate, diverse, balanced, heart, cohesive and semi geriatric.
I wish the formula for success were that simple. But really it isn't. And with what they've achieved, I would dare say it isn't normal in the CrossFit world.
My word for them is different because it's always the different that surprises you. The different that tells you sometimes the road to being better isn't the one everyone says you have to follow. The different that says this group of random athletes with heart, determination, guts, passion, diversity, balance, cohesive geriatricness is a good kind of different. It's true this team is unlike many others, but I think that is what makes it work. And I, for one, can't wait to see what happens.