Thursday, June 13, 2013

Sidelined.

Almost a week has passed and I have had some time to sift through my thoughts, embrace reality, tackle disappointment, and shift my focus.  Thank you to those of you who have flooded my inbox, Facebook account, Twitter, and phone with heart-felt messages.  Your encouragement has been overwhelming.  Thank you for believing in me, more than I believe in myself at times.  Thank you to my husband who has walked this journey with me for 5 years and is willing to walk again.  Thank you to Rogue Fitness, who has made it possible for me to maintain a training schedule amidst a crazy, busy life outside the gym.  Thank you to my amazing coach, Eva Claire Synkowski.  Thank you to CrossFit for changing my life forever.

"Any elite competitor needs to be prepared for some heartbreak.  It comes with the territory."
- Chris Spealler  


I do not wish to rehash every moment of this past weekend, there were highs, there were lows and there was everything in between.  There are things I would do different, there are things I would never change, but most of all I am just grateful for the opportunity I was given.  Rather than giving you a recap of the weekend or trying to put into words how I feel at the moment, I want to offer some thoughts to the lucky souls that are about to embark on a trip to The Big Dance, whether as a rookie or seasoned veteran.

1.  Be confident.  Be humble.  Carry on the spirit of the Games.
2.  Try not to define your worth on your overall placing, don't allow an Update Show or a Workout Recap affect your thoughts on what you believed to be a good performance.
3.  Veterans, the Rookies believe you have an edge.  Embrace it.  Rookies, the Veterans fear you may have an edge.  Embrace it.
4.  Know that hundreds of others around the world have sacrificed countless hours to be where you are, allow this to fuel your training over the next six weeks.  This will likely be your longest stretch of training all year.
5.  If you are training alone, try to find a partner.  The clock cannot replicate the sting of defeat, nor can it replicate the glory of winning.
6.  Recognize that a resilient spirit will be the most positive attribute to your success and an overall amazing experience.

I am proud of you all, more than a little bit jealous, and still hungry.  Jennifer Smith, Michelle Kinney, and Lindy Wall, show them what the Central East is made of and that you can stand with the best.  You all impressed me immensely.  Keep up the great work!

I will be watching from the sideline.

God bless,
Linds

"I trust in your unfailing love, my heart rejoices in your salvation.  I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me."   - Psalm 13:5-6







27 comments:

  1. This is great. As a fan of Crossfit and a fan of you, your husband WEB and your family structure, this post shows exactly why I am a bigger fan of you personally than you the athlete. Thank you for being a great ambassador to the sport and even more for being a role model for young girls everywhere like that of my own 6 yr old daughter.

    You may not want to be on that sideline but that sideline will be lucky to have you standing there.

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  2. http://gopractice.biz/2013/06/the-real-show-at-the-central-east-regional/

    The best part of CrossFit is the community and the fact that whether you're a Games athlete or an everday Joe/Jane at the box, you're an integral part of CrossFit. You may be watching from the sidelines in Carson this year but I would not consider you "sidelined," your purpose is much greater than that.

    3..2..1... GO!

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  3. Very well said Lindsey! I echo your thoughts 100%! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Lindsey:
    I was so bummed to see you miss the cut, yet once again, extremely impressed with your character. I have enjoyed keeping up with your training and such. You probably don't remember me, as I wouldn't expect you to, but you took time out of your evening after certification sessions were over while we were in Leavenworth back in April 2012, to help me figure out how to do the gymnastics kipping pull-up. You also gave me good coaching advice the next day after a WOD we did in the gymnasium. Anyways, I admire your work ethic, unselfish attitude, your passion for the sport and community of Crossfit, as well as your willingness to help others get better at what they love. Thank you and I wish all the best and more throughout your next year of training!
    God Bless~
    Shelly Prescott
    Crossfit McPherson Y

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  5. Lindsey,
    Love this quote and feel that it applies so many times in life. You are a real inspiration to others and ambassador to the sport of CrossFit. So, even if you've heard it before, it's worth repeating...

    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled 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 and comes short again and again; 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 timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.”

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  6. You are an amazing role model and someone I look up to in the world of crossfit and the world of teaching and all things life. You are an inspiration and you will come back even stronger.

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  7. You will always been #1 in our book. Your fans back in the Fort. John Sommer

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  8. Lindsey, very well put!! God bless you as you continue to honor Him and others while still putting your heart into all He created you to be and doing all He created you to do!!
    Marcy Baugh
    Lexington, KY

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  9. We met your daughter at the hotel, in the elevator on Thursday evening. She surprised me by asking ME if I knew about CrossFit and then she boasted that "Her Mom was Lindsey Smith" She was proud of you and proud to be able to tell us that you were her Mom. She floored me by even knowing what an AbMat was (that's what I assume prompted her to ask us if we CrossFitted)
    You're an impressive competitor and have raised a beautiful and confident daughter. That is something to be proud of. I look forward to watching you compete in the years to come!

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  10. What an absolutely amazing post. You showed class beyond words.

    Jeremy
    Cleveland, OH

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  11. I love this post. I always find more and more athletes to root for becuase of their competitive spirits and humbleness. I wish you all the best as you prepare for 2014! You will kick butt.

    Philip Wilkerson
    Alexandria, VA

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  12. I'll be rooting for you from now on, Lindsey. You are a class act.

    Kelly

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  13. Keep your head up and keep inspiring us. It always will be next year. Take care

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  14. This article in its entirety is what makes an "Athlete" Lindsey you are a massive inspiration to every cross fitter, those just starting out with hopes of making the games...to those veterans who have been competing for years. Just keep doing what your doing cause you do it so well. Cant wait to see you there next year, what a role model!!! Sending love from Australia!

    Nikki

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  15. What an amazingly awesome post!

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  16. Trying to formulate my own blog at the moment- but you nailed it! Proud of you Lindsey. Let's rally at the Crossfit Faith booth and hand out some bibles!!

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  17. Lindsey,

    It's always so great to read your posts. You are humble beyond words. Thank you for not only being an athlete I can look up to, but a person I can look up to as well. I only hope that my marriage and career can be as successful as yours. Games or not, you're still my idol. There's always 2014...and I'll be rooting for you just as much next year!

    Stacey Golden

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  18. Lindsey....I have been following you since I saw you at regional in Dallas in 2009. I had just had my first child and was in awe of how you did it all. Would love to know what a typical day looks like for you.....When do you find time between family and work to get your workouts in?

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