Pat Sherwood explains the delicate balance between pupusa and push-ups.
On my current incredible CrossFit motorcycle adventure, I’m constantly exposed to new local food and drink at the affiliates we visit. Each country, region or town has some delicious delicacy that the local CrossFit athletes insist we try.
There have been grilled steaks, chicken and seafood that even the strictest nutrition-crazy athlete would have eaten gladly. However, that’s been the exception. The bulk of the “must try” local cuisine is carb-heavy, doughy, fried, greasy food served with some sort of sugary drink.
The conversation always takes the same path. A local CrossFit athlete says, “Oh! You have to try the ! They are so delicious and amazing! You will love them! But they’re not great for the Zone, and you’re from HQ, so you probably won’t eat it.” They are sincere when then say this, not sarcastic.
To their shock and delight, I inform them that just because I work at CrossFit HQ doesn’t mean I’m a robot programmed to be 100 percent strict and correct seven days a week. Hell yes I want to try the local delicacies.
Life is not only about Fran PRs and looking great naked. All the CrossFit athletes I know work hard both inside and outside the gym. But don’t forget that’s only half of life. The other half is playing just as hard as you work. Find the balance that works for you.