We competed (with another amazing Declaration CrossFit athlete) in a two-day CrossFit competition this weekend. There were 15 scaled women’s teams and no more than 10 of any other division. Thus a LOT of women are doing CrossFit and are doing it scaled. And judging by our competition, are really quite good at that level!
A small part of me would really like to be able to participate in the Rx division, but I am generally 99% perfectly fine with scaling for the rest of my competitive life if need be. Here’s why:
- I’m not out to become a “Games” athlete; I just like the mental difference a competition adds to the mix.
- I do CrossFit to stay healthy and to be able to move/function for another 40+ years not to win.
- While I’m willing to push beyond my physical and mental comfort zone, I am well aware that staying there too long risks injuries that could dampen my professional life and that’s just not worth it.
- As we are constantly telling folks, scaling is perfectly acceptable and there should be no shame in scaling.
Here’s a few things I learned competing over 2 days:
- I really need to work more on my cardio; this has always been my downfall.
- Two-day competitions are really hard on the knees.
- Competing in the rain is far better than competing in 90 degree sunlight.
- I have yet to fully understand how to fuel a body during these types of events.
- Competing with friends is a lot of fun!
So my advise to all of you is: compete! Compete as often as you like, or even just once to see how different it feels. Compete at whatever level you need and don’t worry where you place!