To a CrossFitter, 10 seconds might be five or six breaths of rest, three hard pulls on the C2, a few quick steps in a hill run or a couple of unbroken reps. To Heather Keenan of CrossFit New England, 10 seconds was all of those things—and it was also the slim margin by which she missed the Top 16 at the 2009 CrossFit Games.
Miss it by a minute? That’s a lot of ground to make up. But 10 seconds? That’s fuel for a year’s worth of regrets and second guesses. “Ten seconds—that’s like every CrossFitter’s nightmare come true. It’s one break,” Keenan says.
Months later, Keenan is still having nightmares, but she’s now using them as motivation.
“It’s good for me because it makes me push harder. It makes me feel like every workout I do is Saturday’s chipper event. It makes me feel like if I put this bar down one more time, that’s the spot I lost. I think about it every day, every time I train, every night when I can’t sleep. It’s always there, and I don’t know when it’s going to go away.”
In this video by Again Faster, Keenan describes her experiences at the 2009 CrossFit Games and what she’s learned from the competition. Additional reading: The Sweet 16 by Mike Warkentin, published July 22, 2009.