Is your best good enough?

Written by Jack

This is a tough post to write…

Because in a way I feel like a hypocrite. You see…

I’m about to give you some advice that I don’t necessarily think I’m that great at following myself.

However, it’s something I’m always striving for! And it’s something I think is incredibly important for athletes of any age and any level…

And it defines what success really means.

Listen: you can’t control how other folks perform. You only have control over your own performance.

Now, if you judge yourself based on your position on a leaderboard, or on your score compared to someone else, you’re leaving your definition of success up to someone else…

If you can only control what YOU are able to do on any given day, does it make sense to judge your performance on how someone else did?

If you nail a 30 second PR on your Fran time, yet you’ve still got the slowest time in the class, did you have a big win? Or are you the loser?

IMO, you just had a HUGE win…

As I write this, I’ve got one workout left in the Atlas Games 2017 Online Qualifier event in the 40-48 Men category. The top 16 qualify to go to the big event in Montreal at the end of the year.

Right now I’m sitting in 7th. However last year I finished the Qualifier in 5th. So…

I should be bummed right? No way…

The reality is, the field is WAY more competitive this year. And I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that my fitness and my level of performance FAR out shadows what I was able to do during the event last year.

In fact, of all the guys that were at the main event last year, I’m in only a small handful that are going to re-qualify this year.

Sure… I’d love to be sitting in 1st… or even in the top 3. But the reality is, I can’t control what the 6 guys currently ahead of me are doing. I can only control how well I execute my own workouts.

Probably the best example is workout 2a from this year. It was a max Snatch.

Although I’m working on it and it’s getting better, the Snatch is definitely not one of my strengths. So I wasn’t stoked when it was announced…

And my result — an even 20th place — dragged down my placing on the leaderboard considerably. However…

I’m not upset about how I did. In fact I’m happy! I managed to hit a PR of 177 lbs. And watching the video with my coach it’s clear there’s enough strength and power there to get into the 185 to 190 lbs range.

Look: In my books a PR is a win, even if the leaderboard says otherwise!

Please don’t think this comes easy for me though. I won’t lie and tell you that I didn’t spend some time “wishing” my Snatch numbers were up there with the leaders in the 200+ range!

Bottom line though… is that you just can’t think that way. You have to gage your success on your own journey and your own progress.

I KNOW I’m so much fitter now than I was last year. And I’m super happy about that.

Yeah… the leaderboard is a nice status symbol. And of course it feels good when you’re at the top. I like to win just as much as the next guy…

Just make sure you don’t tie your self worth into a number on a board. Success is in your growth, your effort and your execution.

About the author


My grandfather gave me my start in fitness. He said he just wanted to keep me out of trouble. But he shaped the person and the coach I am today. Sport quickly became the center of my life.

I competed in Laser Class sailing at an international level, as well as skiing, football, hockey and more. My first coaching passion was alpine skiing where I spent 20 years as a coach, instructor and ski school director.

But my greatest passion has always been helping people get fit. I’ve devoted my life to study and intense personal practice. I’m a firm believer in practicing what I preach, and in testing my theories on myself. I’m obsessed with the world of health, fitness and nutrition.

Then a few years back I stumbled — grudgingly — on Crossfit. To be honest I started out as a “hater” who believed the negative hype. But after giving it a try, I became increasingly hooked. I dabbled for a couple years, and then in the Spring of 2016 I really started taking it seriously.

I now consider myself a Crossfit Masters Athlete. I’m immersed in it completely. And I want to share my journey here at Smooth Is Fast.

NCSA-CPT, NCCP 3, CSIA Lvl 4 Course Conductor, CSCF 3,
Biosignature Certified, MAT Lower Body Certified, AKC Certified Coach

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