During the CrossFit Games Open, a lot of attention is focused on the athletes who finish on top. But could we learn even more from those lower on the Leaderboard?
Josh Bridges completed CrossFit Games Open Workout 14.5 in 7:49 minutes.
Samantha Briggs did it in 8:31.
And Cori Creran from Clifton, New Jersey, took 1 hour, 28 minutes.
Is she 10 times less fit than Briggs? Or is there a chance we’ve been looking at this all wrong?
Before you answer, think back for a moment to 14.5: burpees and thrusters, that diabolical combination, for 84 reps each. You probably have your own choice words for it. Awful. Horrendous. A death march from the first set to the last.
Did it take you 15 minutes? It probably sucked for all 15. Thirty? Same answer. Now imagine doing it for even longer. You’re sucking wind. Quivering. Nauseated. For an hour or more. Get the picture?
We celebrate the top athletes, people such as Rich Froning, Josh Bridges and Sam Briggs. We marvel at their physical prowess. We rain accolades on them.
But maybe it’s time to take a good look at the athletes around you. There’s probably a Cori Creran in your box, too.