The 2010 CrossFit Games
The ultimate proving grounds of the world’s fittest athletes.
July 16-18, 2010 • Carson, CA
The Home Depot Center Sports Complex
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United States Qualifiers
Cheryl Brost on Competing Against Her Best Self
How the 39-year-old Athlete Outperformed Women in Their Twenties
If the question ‘how did she do it?’ did not immediately come to your mind, perhaps you should run through those first two sentences again. Age and experience in technical movements are usually strong factors for success in athletic competitions.
Part of the answer is that some of the components of CrossFit training weren’t new to her. Brost competed in soccer and basketball at a collegiate level, and her college trainers introduced her to squats, power-cleans, presses, and deadlifts as well as running and interval training. She grew accustomed to pushing her body hard in her athletic season training. Her soccer team “worked exceptionally hard in practice and took pride in the fact that no other team would out-work or out-condition us.”
Her sports training didn’t end when she got her diploma. Cheryl kept active and competitive in the years intervening with recreational league soccer and marathons. She valued her fitness, and maintained it in the gym and on the field.
Although she’s more than a decade older than most of her fellow Games competitors, Cheryl sees it as to her advantage: she’s a decade ahead of them. In her words:
Overall, nearly all CrossFit competitors are younger and more experienced CrossFitters than me. More experienced athletes? Doubtful. I have been an athlete all my life. I've lived nearly double the years of most all the other competitors and with age comes experience, right?
Cheryl has learned that she can control only herself. She knows she can’t control the weather, programming, competitors, or any of the distractions that may come up—so she blocks out any concerns and simply competes against her “own best self.” Many athletes may be familiar with this, and may even use it as their mantra, but Cheryl believes it takes years of competition for an athlete to really own it.
Standing in the center of the Home Depot Center next to phenomenal athletes and listening to the sound of the crowds cheering, it’d be difficult to block it all out. To just push for your best. But we all have the chance to push for our best each day at the box, and soon with the CrossFit Games Open. Do you have the strength to push out your self-doubt, overcome whatever distractions are set in your way, and compete against your best self?