Why I am Going Team

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Since announcing that I am going to compete with Team Kinnick Butter this year at the 2014 SoCal Regionals I have received a lot questions, most of which look like this: “Jeremy, why are you going team? You just had your best performance ever in the Open. What happened?”

First, I want to clarify a few things. I do not see it as taking a step back or going with “Plan B.”  No, I am not hurt. I do not think I am too old.  I do not think I am not good enough. I do not see my region as too tough to win. In fact, I will go into Regionals as the best I have ever been.  

With that being true, the decision was tough because of my history competing as an individual and the goals I have for myself as a CrossFit athlete. In a recent blog I wrote about my year last year and the let down and so on (read the full blog here). I have bounced back from that, but with all the changes I have made this year I found that what it came down to is its just not all about me. I completely changed my focus this year to a bigger emphasis on others rather than just myself. What made the decision for me was the opportunity I have to lead my team to the Games. I would get to compete along side my wife and friends and I feel like this is a once in a lifetime opportunity where we have a close and amazingly strong group of athletes all focused on one thing: winning the Games.  How freaking cool is it to be able to lead your wife and compete alongside her at the FREAKING CROSSFIT GAMES! Just the thought of it makes me wanna do a back tuck :-).  To be able to give the whole team and my wife this gift would be the most fulfilling thing I could possibly think of doing and it will be huge for our entire community at CrossFit Kinnick.

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That being said you are probably still thinking, “Hey thats cool Jeremy, but what about next year?”  Well, I am glad you asked.  My brother Jonathan (my co-coach along with me) and I have discussed this often and it has been in the back of my mind for most of the past eight months. This year my eyes are on winning Regionals and the Games with Team Kinnick Butter.  We want to show the world what the #kinnickbutter is all about.  Beyond that, we have already set our sights on my preparation to win Regionals in 2015 and claim a spot on the Podium at the Games as an individual.  Lofty goals?  Yes, and I am ok with that.  We have learned a lot about me this past year and figured out how to get me to be at my best. I was able put up my best ever performance during the Open despite the final three weeks being thrown off with a back injury and stomach flu.  All in all, I basically missed three weeks of training during the Open and still placed 42nd in the World.  I have so much left to accomplish.  The gains that I have made this past year have blown my mind and I am very excited to see myself improve through Regionals, the Games, and into next year.  My bro and I talk about it all that time.  How I still suck at CrossFit.  We see all of my holes.  But something we have seen this year is that those holes are being filled in.  Its going to be a great year!  The year of the BUTTER!

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