Exemplifying Team Work at Asbury Park Games
By Coach Deb
This past weekend, there was a CrossFit event at Asbury Park. This was a two day event consisting of multiple workouts per day. I happily spectated while some close friends, members, and my husband competed. While spectating, I walked away with some valuable knowledge. It was another experience that I am grateful for and I feel lucky to have been a part of.
First off, please be sure to congratulate our awesome athletes that competed this past weekend as they truly put it all out there for their team. Wellington Basora, Stephen Martinez, and Bobby Olson represented our male NECF team and Ryan Heslin-Cunningham, Cheryl Golden, and Chelsea Leigh Dente (CF Mount Kisko) had a strong representation for our ladies. Both teams participated in all of the events and overall placed very well in their divisions.
Placement in a competition is insignificant in my opinion. Whether you place first or last, the effort you put forth is what really matters. To take a step back and watch these individuals come together and work as a team was nothing short of amazing. Competing with a team versus going into a competition solo is a completely different animal. When you are on a team, you are not only competing for yourself, but for the other two by your side. The effort you put into the workout has an impact on the other individuals. These competitors all train at different times of the day, have different schedules, different lifestyles, and different priorities. Regardless of their individual lives, they make sacrifices and adapt to benefit the team. It’s not just competing against other teams. It’s coming together as a whole, creating a bond of trust, and having the best dynamic possible with your partners.
Whether you are competing individually or with a team, it is always good to practice the workouts ahead of time and create some type of game plan or strategy to complete the workout as efficiently as possible. Crossfit seems to have the beautiful combination of the “nerd” and the “meathead!” You have to think about the task at hand, but then you have to put your head down and just go! These teams practiced several times prior to the competition and tried out different strategies to see which would potentially work best. Preparation is important (in all aspects of life), but practicing prior to game day seems to give athletes an idea of what the workouts will feel like and gives them a chance to build their relationship as a whole.
Time for game day!
During athlete briefing, several “wrenches” were thrown into the system. Setup, rules, and environment can potentially change up the whole flow of the initial game plan. On top of that, stress, anxiety, individual emotions of excitement and/or doubt begin to surface. You have three. different personalities, attitudes, and outlooks having to get this task at hand completed. Watching and analyzing the teems (ours in particular) gave me a new respect for these athletes. Even before the workout begins, they have to discuss a plan of attack (possibly different from how it was originally practiced), however, this is only half the battle. The workout starts and things that you planned may not go as well or smooth as you thought it was going to…Now what?
With both of our teams, there were slip ups and just simple errors in performance. Could some of the workouts have gone smoother? Could some of them have had a better day on the jump rope or on the bar? Yes and Yes. After watching though, this meant nothing to me as a coach and/or spectator. All of our athletes gave it their all on every workout and on every movement. You could see the drive in their performance; their intention was to do their best to not let the team down. After each workout was finished, we saw our guys go right over to each other with a big pat on the back (or butt!) and thank/congratulate them on a job well done for the team. In my eyes, they already won.
Relationships are crucial. You aren’t going to get along with everyone all of the time and individual experiences are going to change emotions. Whether it was a high or low throughout the weekend, at the end of the day, everyone came together, had a few drinks, ate dinner, (maybe played Jenga!), and laughed off the mistakes while bragging about their wins.
Not everything will go according to plan, and I know that many avoid competitions because of the anxiety or letting their teammates down; We can ALL relate to that. However, if you have never worked with a team before to complete a task, I encourage you to please try it out. You will learn so much abut yourself and others in the process. I am so happy that I was on the outside looking in at these guys as they truly exemplified what team work was all about. Great job this past weekend to the ladies and gentleman at Asbury and at our NECF athletes. Love you guys!