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Apr 172013

I recently qualified for the CrossFit Games North Central Regional. I placed sixth out of thousands of girls in an eleven state area. It is quite an honor and accomplishment. Training is something I take seriously. Training is something I love. Training is something that is HARD.

Some people don’t understand why CrossFit athletes do what we do. After all, I don’t get paid to compete. I’m not in high school or college anymore. What is it that keeps driving me? What makes me put myself through the physical and mental demands of training for such a new and difficult sport?

The short answer: I love to push myself. I love to see what I can accomplish. I love to prove people wrong.

Last year, I missed a spot to compete at the CrossFit games by one place. I was shy nine overall points. That is about 1.5 places per event.  In my world, that could be one to two seconds per workout.  So going into 2013, I told myself I would do everything I could to make sure the only reason I fell short was because other girls were better than me, not because I let up here and there.

Today was one of those training days when it would have been easy to walk out the door. I was tired and sore. Everything felt hard. I was also alone. No one would have known. Except me.

Ginny Rower

When I have these moments, I try to put myself in the last event at Regionals in June.  I want to know I did everything I could do in each moment to reach my goals – regardless of the outcome. I want to look back and know that days like today are the days that get me where I want to be at the end of it all.  Hard days are the ones that make you tough, not the easy ones.

Embrace the difficulty of what you do. Challenge yourself everyday as you train in whatever your sport may be.  Welcome the tough days, and know that those are the days that make you great.

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