We'll start at the end of team practice today. After team training the 8 athletes sat in a circle. They addressed something I think is paramount for a team to be successful. They each took a turn telling the group one thing they were happy with about their performance and one thing they could work on. It's the "work on" that needs to be focused on.
You see, when we spend a lot of time working out, sometimes it feels like everyone else is doing great except you. It feels like no matter what, you can't seem to lift a certain weight, or progress on a certain movement, or you feel like you are always last. I know, I know, CrossFit boxes AREN'T about that. There's no judgement from others or from the coaches, the only judging going on is the one inside your head. It's easy to get caught up in the "everybody else is successful in the gym but me" mentality.
That is why the time spent talking about the highs and lows of todays team practice is so important. It gives each of these athletes, a combination of those making their first regional floor appearance and those returning to the regional floor, the knowledge that despite all of what seems to be going great in practice, there are things they individually know they still need to work on for the best of team.
That is certainly true about Team 8035. When they are working together and doing what needs to be done to help the team be successful come Event 1, they know that what they have together will far out weigh the voices in their heads that try to tell them differently.
It's been said that "The largest thing is the team cohesion. Working as a team, not as individual players" (adapted). And ultimately, that is what it is all about. Making sure that the team on the floor can unite and work together in the best way possible to represent CrossFit 8035.