by Tyler Angulo 

Occasionally as a Crossfit athlete you may feel like you hit a plateau. Perhaps you’re not progressing as much as you used to, or you did not hit a PR you were expecting, or you haven’t been as consistent with your diet or attendance as you once were. You may be the only one who really notices — as they say, we are our own worst critic — but you have noticed, and lately you have noticed a lot. 

Before you throw yourself a pity party, be mindful to the fact that at least you are trying. At least you event attempted something so far out of your comfort zone and difficult enough that it necessitates stumbling and failure along the way. At least you had the courage to even start something new and challenging like Crossfit, or to even attempt that PR, or to even show up to a class after a long, stressful day at work. Regardless if you have achieved any of your goals yet or not, you are so much better than the version of you that would not have even tried, that would have stayed in bed and once again pushed all of today’s responsibilities onto tomorrow. 

Before you even think to quit, remember how far you have come. Remind yourself of the progress you have made in just a few months, let alone a year. Remember that you are on the only one who deserves all the credit because YOU are the one in the arena, daring greatly, and striving valiantly. 

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid sounds who neither know victory nor defeat.” — Theodor Roosevelt