It’s interesting. You talk about the unpredictability of the sport and I think that being wrapped up in the sport, in the moment, it seems a little bit unpredictable.
At the same, if we take a 30,000-foot view and we take a step back, and we look at the sport as a whole, it’s easy when you change your perspective, to see that the changes weren’t really that surprising.
When you look at the sport as a whole, we’re very young. We’re in a growing process. To think that we’re not is kind of foolish. We’re still young, we’re still growing, we’re still changing. To see and know that a lot of these changes had to come.
I think that at the end of the day if we want to grow the sport and want grow as a community, we have to be more inclusive, even more inclusive than we already are. We’re a very inclusive community.
We’re a very inclusive sport. I was happy with the 2019 changes. I also like change. I’m a guy, I don’t want to stay the same. I personally want to change and want to grow all the time. When change happens, I’m like, “Yeah, let’s go. Let’s make the most of this.”
I have a very positive outlook on a lot of things. I think that the changes in the 2019 season — though there were some letdowns, absolutely I’m not taking that away — there were some kind of things that were just like “Oh, that’s kind of a bummer. Like ugh, but we’ll work through it.” That’s my mindset.
Ugh, that sucks but we’re going to work through it and we’re going to make the most of it. 2019 is just giving and opening the opportunity to become a more worldwide, world-renowned, sport. As the people in the sport, it may not feel the best right now.
If we’re the ones that have to wear that so that our sport can grow and become better known, then that’s our responsibility to hold the wear. At the 2019 CrossFit Games, there’s this new system of being cut. [laughs] That wasn’t that fun. That was interesting because I’ve had some amazing experiences at the CrossFit Games, been to quite a few of them now. It didn’t quite have the same feel that the CrossFit Games has. It just felt a little bit different.
Going through and having that extra stressor, and the weight, and the cloud of the cut coming or the potential for the cut to come was something that weighed a little bit heavier than I expected and most people expected. I, myself, for people who don’t know, I was cut. I was cut from the CrossFit Games Saturday morning.
I was in 11th place at the time. The top 10 moved on. I was four points out from being in 10th place. The last event, had I finished one more spot, I would have gained five points. I was one spot off, if you want to look at it that way. With that being said, I’m a competitor. I’ve been doing athletics for a very long time. I’ve been competing my tail off for a very long time.
I know what sports entail. At the end of the day, I know that one football game is not won or lost on the final play. It was accumulation of 120 plays that came before it. That’s the same thing at the CrossFit Games. There were moments that I could’ve capitalized on. There was moments that I could have executed on better that ultimately led to me being cut.
That’s unfortunate. It sucks, but it is what it is. We all had the same opportunity to execute, to compete, to make the most of the experience. At the end of the day, I’m going to wear it. I’m going to move on. I’m going to be happy about it and be grateful for this opportunity, this journey, and use it as fuel for the next season.