The Side of a Mountain

“It's the sides of the mountain which sustain life, not the top.”

― Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

I’ve saved this quote for quite a while.  It has been rolling around in my head but I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to use it or when.  This past weekend at the Thunder Throwdown at Crossfit Thunder in Huntington, West Virginia gave me the perfect opportunity and inspiration.  

It occurred to me that all of us that show up at all of the CrossFit boxes across the world do it because we adhere to this idea.  There is no end to this and we realize that but come anyway.  A lot of people have asked me and cohorts of mine over the years what we are training for…we always respond with something like life, the unknown and unknowable(which always seems to confuse people), awesomeness, etc.  But I don’t think any of us ever say we are training for this or that competition even if we are competitors.  

We may be going to a competition in the near future and have that in our minds because it does help focus us and can really help athletes concentrate on their weaknesses.  But most of us will never get rich doing any of this.  This places the vast majority of Crossfitters on the side of a mountain that we all know we never stop climbing and never really have any hope of reaching the top.  But there are these rare occasions that you feel like you are on top of the mountain.

Last Saturday at the Thunder Throwdown I had an entire morning and afternoon of being on the top of this l mountain.  As an affiliate we had 7 members compete and others who would have if not for other commitments.   They all gave their very best.  Some were under the weather, some were nervous, but they all succeeded in gaining something from the side of the mountain to sustain them.  

I watched as teammates cheered each other on.  They coached one another.  They believed in one another.  The bonds that have been growing in our little CrossFit box were almost visible between people as they worked out and as they talked about the events before and afterward.  

The weather was great last weekend.  The people were friendly and encouraging.  The Crossfit Incognito athletes excelled and took another step forward.  We spent a little time at the top of the mountain. 

-Scott M. Landrum 

Crossfit Incognito