Happy Monday to ya. I have to make this quick because in 10 minutes, Daniel and I are boarding a flight to Dallas, which will then take us to a supposably cool place called Lake Charles, Louisiana for a couple of days. Dan has to go for work, so I got to go too. So, if anyone out there knows of some cool things to do during the day time in Lake Charles, hit me up. 

I know I’m supposed to talk about self image and confidence and all that jazz for one more week, but we got to compete this past weekend at the beach, so I wanted to talk about that instead. And not just any beach…the lovely, the always classy, always fun, Myrtle Beach. 

It all started last year when my friend Jackie and Trey won a free entry for this year, so they were nice enough to ask Colin and myself to be on their team. Well, this year, the Salt Games (big fitness, beach festival – not just a CrossFit comp) fell on the same weekend as the Atlantic Regionals, so therefore the competition was the same weekend. But there were some great, competitive, fun teams there. 

I can 100% say that this was one of the most fun (or funnest? I dunno which one is right) competitions I’ve ever done. I love that all divisions were made up of 4 person teams. And what is more beautiful than getting to compete on THE Myrtle Beach Boardwalk with a ferris wheel in the background?!? Tell me that. 

Anyway, there were some great teams there – in all divisions. CrossFit Clemson (Trey’s gym, and Jackie coaches there too) had a good bit of people competing like they have the past couple of years, so it was cool for them to let us crash their party and form a few CrossFit Clemson/ CrossFit Electric City teams. 

But what I loved the most about this competition for me personally was that it was probably the least uptight and nervous I’ve ever been for a competition. I mean, I always get nervous – no matter if it’s a workout in the gym by myself, a local competition, or one of the few bigger ones I’ve been able to do. But competing with a team is always way more fun, and the beach vibes make it a little more relaxing, I guess. But overall, I’m learning to not take myself so seriously. And sometimes you have to realize that even though CrossFit as a whole is a lifestyle, competing in CrossFit is a hobby – especially when you’re closer in age to 30 than you are 29. I did my best still, but I didn’t flip out when I probably didn’t do as well as I had hoped (‘m hard on myself, and I have a lot of room for improvement). 

I’m sure having a really good team helps with not getting stressed either, so shoutout to them for being good. 

So, wherever you’re at in your CrossFit journey (or anything fitness journey for that matter) remember to not take yourself so seriously in a competition. Have fun and do your best, and all that good stuff. You’ll be thankful for the stress you saved later. But most importantly, don’t get so caught up in all the competition, and adrenaline, and nerves . Take in the experience, meet people, be nice to the people around you volunteering and competing, laugh, eat some popcorn, take some power dumps (if you know, you know), find some rocks, drink a beer when you’re done, enjoy an official Myrtle Beach Bikini competition (also part of salt games) and smile. 

 

 My man, Dan competed in the MMMM Rx division, and got to experience his first time riding the assault bike and pushing sleds in the middle of a parade. He has cool socks too. 

My man, Dan competed in the MMMM Rx division, and got to experience his first time riding the assault bike and pushing sleds in the middle of a parade. He has cool socks too. 

 Highlight of my weekend was this 12 minute span of time.

Highlight of my weekend was this 12 minute span of time.

 Em went HAM too. 

Em went HAM too. 

 I got no repped 5 times or so (my bad) for not touching the 35 lb dumbbell to the ground, so there's that. 

I got no repped 5 times or so (my bad) for not touching the 35 lb dumbbell to the ground, so there’s that. 

 I was a little ways off from PRing my clean and jerk, but thankfully my team is insanely strong, and I still got some kettlecorn. 

I was a little ways off from PRing my clean and jerk, but thankfully my team is insanely strong, and I still got some kettlecorn. 

 TEAM

TEAM

 Thanks to Salt Games and CrossFit Updog for your generostiy. 

Thanks to Salt Games and CrossFit Updog for your generostiy.