I’ve never been one for making new year’s resolutions. I gave it a try when I was younger, however the inevitable self-loathing that followed giving up by the fourth of January quickly became too much to bear.
However, the tail end of 2016 brought with it a lot of changes in my lifestyle that I never saw coming. So, I figure this year I’ll stick two fingers up to my tradition of not committing to bettering myself by making one preposterously ambitious resolution…
To qualify for the 2020 CrossFit Games
Now, before you all spit out your super healthy “new year, new you” vitamin drinks, just give me two minutes of your time to explain why I have chosen such an absurd target:
- Everyone needs ambition, right? Sure, this particular one started as a running joke between my sister and I, but it is ambition none the less. And I suppose it’s better to have a wildly unrealistic dream than no dream at all.
- The way I see it, I have just over three years to manoeuvre myself into a position where qualification is possible. And as unlikely as that may seem right now, if entire cities can transform themselves to host the Olympic Games in a seven year period, surely I can transform little old me in half that time?
- (For those of you that think three years is simply not enough time, I would like to remind you that 2020 is a leap year.)
- Someone has to qualify for the games. If they didn’t, there would be no event. So, with the right training regime, diet and life decisions, I figure – why can’t it be me?
- Across many sports, athletes tend to hit their prime anywhere between the ages of 26-30. As it happens, I started CrossFit at 26 and will be 30 by the 2020 games. Sure, athletes will have participated in their sport for most of their life before hitting said prime, but that’s a minor detail.
- Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I have never been, nor shall I likely ever be, realistic in my expectations for myself.
- Whenever I decide to do something, I immediately picture myself doing said thing to the highest level, regardless of my ability and/or experience in that area. While sometimes this has left me out my depth and red faced, there have been other times where I have stepped up and thrived.
- In this adventure I’ll only be changing myself, not the world, however I’m reminded of Apple’s ‘Think Different’ advert that said: “Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones that do.”
Sure, the odds are stacked against me and every second that ticks by is one less second I have to achieve the seemingly unachievable. But in CrossFit isn’t that always the case?