When you put 8 athletes together, 8 who are passionate about CrossFit, you get a lot of energy and emotion. Sometimes these two compliment one another, sometimes they don't. But, in order for a team to be successful and work together, they need to learn how to deal with these emotions, especially when they run high. And at 8035, their ability to understand and respect one another's intensity is evident.
- They want to do their best, but they aren't going to compromise what they've built in order to achieve that. That means frustrations and anger are dealt with but not dwelled upon.
- They know what each of their teammates are capable of. They know when to push and when to stop. Part of being a good teammate is being okay with knowing one another's limits.
- Training regularly ends with a congratulatory high five or fist bump. It may not seem like a lot, but that little bit of encouragement lets each of them know that they are in this together.
- They don't question the process. There is a lot that goes into getting ready for the competition floor, but they put their head down and go to work...even if it's at 6 a.m. on a Saturday morning.
- When they fail, they don't let it end there. They take that failure and go to a different side of the room while everyone else is doing mobility and accomplish what they couldn't 15 mintues before.
- They continually push themselves individually so that when they get in that room together, they ALL know they've given their best and then some. They can count on one another and they know it.
There is a lot of energy in this group and each one of them is just as passionate as the other about what this team is and what it can do. That passion will serve them well come Regionals time because they've learned to allow it do what it is supposed to...and that is putting everything they can out there.
(What it DOES not, however, is question the lateness of the photographer on an early Saturday morning. Good thing I know said caller outter is a grumpy morning elf.)