This weekend promises to be the most exciting weekend since . . . well, maybe a weekend last July in Carson, California that was pretty cool. I am getting excited just sitting down to write this, and truth is, it has been downright difficult to sit in one place and focus on anything for the past few days.
It seems silly to be as amped up as I am right now, but this weekend represents the culmination of 9 months or more of training for many of the athletes I work with. I know how much time and effort they have put into their training for this weekend. I know how much they have sacrificed, and how they have structured so many aspects of their lives for the opportunity to perform at their full potential this weekend.
As their coach, my job is pretty much done. They are prepared. They have put in the hard work, they have worked weaknesses, they have developed strengths, and they have defined strategies that will allow them to be at their best.
As their biggest fan, I am amped up to 11 right now. I know how much this means to each of them, and I am excited to watch them realize their potential in competition.
I am not tied to a result for any of my athletes, but I am tied to the notion that they walk away from the weekend with no regrets. We train year-round to give full effort in competition and walk out with our heads held high. For many of them, full effort and competing to their potential will land them on the podium. For others it will put them in the heat of competition next to athletes that they have admired, and leave them inspired to get back in the gym and continue to develop as an athlete. Regardless, the excitement of competition is the same. This is their chance to express what they have worked so hard to develop over the last several months.
Please join me in cheering for the following Invictus athletes and honorary Invicti this weekend:
Team Invictus (Nichole DeHart, Katie McLaughlin, Ayo Anise, Kathy Borkoski, Nuno Costa, Shane Farmer, George Economou & Justin Nahama)
Team Cayman (Matt Barnett & Dani DuFrene)
If you can get to their venue in person, wear your green shirt and let them hear you cheering them on. If you cannot make it to their competition site, please send them a note via comments to let them know you will be anxiously awaiting updates on Facebook, Twitter and the CrossFit Games website.