Merriam Webster defines grit as firmness of mind or spirit; unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger. We consistently see tough, gritty performances out of our athletes, and I’d like to highlight a couple from last week’s Open workout.
Ron Marchessault wasn’t going to be around to perform the workout towards the end of the wee. He wasted no time in getting after it, as probably one of the first people in the world to try it, arriving at CrossFit Fenway on Tuesday shortly after the 8 PM announcement. Ron didn’t love the workout, a 5 minute AMRAP of squat cleans and jerks at 75kg. The movements are among his goats, but he wasn’t backing down. Ron got angry, and got the weight moving. He PR’d his clean and jerk, and then did it again for good measure.
Mandy Brown spent last week cleaning, knowing full well that if she got one rep in Open Workout 11.3 it would be a PR. While she made some big progress in training, she didn’t manage to move the prescribed weight, but she also didn’t quit. Undeterred, Mandy showed up on game day and gave it everything she had. It takes some serious guts not only to try and move a weight well above your previous best, but also to do it in front of a crowd.
We’re not just developing physical fitness, we’re forging mental toughness. Ron and Mandy are great examples of this. Despite the challenge in front of both athletes, they never gave up. They chose to face the challenge head on. It’s a choice, I’m proud to say, that I expect to see repeated.
April 13, 2011
Strength: Push Press 3-3-3-3-3
Sumo Deadlift High Pulls, 35kg
Overhead Squats, 35kg
Box Jumps, 24″