How do you turn good athletes into firebreathers? Paul Estrada and Leon Chang coach a group from CrossFit Elysium through their first competition.
“All coaching is is taking a player where he can’t take himself.”
Several months back, Paul was approached by CrossFit Mission Gorge about putting together a competition between us, them and a few other affiliates. It was only a few weeks since our members had watched Paul compete at the 2010 CrossFit Games California Regional, and a fair number of them thought it would be a lot of fun to compete in something like that.
Our goal was to put together an event that would be open to beginner through intermediate athletes—people who might be the big dogs at their local affiliate but weren’t at the level needed for sectionals. These people also wanted to experience CrossFit as a sport and know the feeling of competition.
Paul went down to CFMG to discuss the details of the event and what we wanted the athletes to get from it. We knew that we wanted a competition that any athlete could compete in and have fun with. We came up with three events that would test all levels of fitness but were not too complicated for newer athletes.
Our main concern was that the event remained about having fun. We didn’t want to turn into “little-league dads” who are only concerned about winning and take the fun right out of the event. Our second concern was helping the athletes mentally prepare for the events ahead and helping them plan in order for them to place as well as possible. We don’t know who was more nervous—our athletes or us.