A CrossFit Athlete’s Prayer

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Workout of the Day for Friday 09/11/09

As always, Friday is athletes choice.

The recommended workout is “Cindy” but anything goes, as long as it’s heavy, skill work, a benchmark WOD, miscellaneous fitness testing, a CrossFit Football WOD, a CFSB WOD, a MEBB WOD, a new WOD, or something else worth your time.

As many rounds as possible in twenty minutes of:
5 pull-ups
10 push-ups
15 squats

*One CrossFit Football variation drops the time to 12 minutes and does box jumps instead of squats.

After the official announcement of the 2010 CrossFit Games on July 16-18, 2010, this CrossFit Athlete prepares himself for the test ahead, From CrossFit Chronicles: The Smith Family:

The CrossFit Athlete’s Prayer

God, amidst this period of preparation, do not let me forget the most important people and things in my life. By Your grace, give me the will to welcome increasing pain, on a daily basis. Allow my heart and lungs to handle the amount of trauma necessary to qualify. Grant me peace to sleep when my body needs. Give me the ability to discern good advice from bad, good coaching from average, smart advantages from sleazy shortcuts. Allow me to learn the difference between hurt and injury, setback from debilitating pain, torn and sprained, fracture and microfracture. Let me seek you when I plateau and let my motivation be from you alone. The time is short, but allow me to make the most of it before competition. When I run fast, let me envision you rather than the finish line. When I squat and press to the sky, let me see you and not metal beams, insulation or sunny gray skies. When I fall, let me rise quickly with not an instance of self-pity. Lord, I am not asking you for a favor, this time around. Rather, I am asking that you just stand with me and watch as I forge elite fitness out of a beaten and abused 26 year old body, bruised ambitious mind and an occassionally broken yet enduring spirit. I want no favors, I seek no vacation from the reality of a CrossFit athlete. We all know how bad it will physically hurt to qualify. We also know how bad it hurts to attempt this feat and stand relinquished to a comfortable view of the arena while donning a spectator’s wrist band. It would just be comforting to know that you’re there and that you birthed a Son, who endured pain and exhibited physical and mental strength unlike anything that we CrossFit athletes will witness. It would be comforting to be reminded that He stood tall and ultimately won. Your comfort is what I will seek when my body suggests that I stop, slow, cheat or DNF. Amen. I am on my horse.


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