adjective de·ter·mined \-ˈtər-mənd\
Definition of determined for English Language Learners
: having a strong feeling that you are going to do something and that you will not allow anyone or anything to stop you
: not weak or uncertain : having or showing determination to do something
When I asked the members of Team 8035 to describe their team in one word, I got a variety of answers. All different, but all significantly them. In fact, I think that anyone who knows them would probably say, if not the same, words that are very similar.
I took the time to ask two different athletes, those who attend the competition class but are not on the regionals team, how the word determined describes this team.
"The sweat. The time. The fight all year long. The fight in the Open. The fight to Regionals. It isn't necessarily their determination, which is strong, but it's all about who picks up who when it's needed the most. Anybody can be determined but the support and the follow through, that is what makes this group different. They walk the talk. There aren't egos, there isn't boasting.
The push they have, for the most part, has to come on an individual basis. No one really gets to see the amount of individual work that gets put in by this team.
The "leaders", the mom and dad so to speak of the group, have grown as the group has grown. More people are putting in the time in the competition class. They work unitedly versus individually. The goals are aligned even when they aren't working together all of the time. Prior to the open there wasn't a set roster for a potential regionals team, but their goal, each and every one of them, was to be their best self. To be unified in their goal."
Here's the thing that makes this pretty neat. This is what people see from the outside looking in. This isn't just a close friend giving their buddy a pat on the back. This is what it is like day in and day out at CrossFit 8035 and I think it's because of that, that idea that they aren't going to stop you from being the best you can be, that makes this group special.
In my short time there, I've come to discover that they really do follow the model described by their peers. They epitomize the definition in that you are "going to do something and they aren't going to let anyone, especially yourself, stand in your way" They make sure you feel that same determination, the one they carry when they step on the competition floor, in their gym each and every day.
They are absolutely determined to not let anything stop them from giving it their best. And the best is being the type of people that make you feel as if you are one of them too.