Playing the Game

Playing the Game


A) 2k Row, for time

B) 3 RFQ
6 DB Snatch (60/40)
9 DB Thrusters (60/40)
12 GHD Sit-ups

C) In 20 minutes, complete
Front Squat 3×3 (+2 / +5)
3x max effort Ring Push-ups / Push-ups


10 RFT
10 Burpees
10 Pull ups
50 DU’s
200m run
*40 minute cutoff*Looking back at the Open, I’ve never been so excited by competition. I didn’t grow up playing sports, and I was never on any teams. When I got older, I was afraid of competition. I didn’t know how to do it. I didn’t know how to win and I didn’t know how to lose. It made me really uncomfortable, so I avoided it pretty much all the time.

Over the last few years, with the help of some really good coaches, I’ve learned a few things about myself, about competition, about winning, and about losing. We’ve all been taught over the years that “it doesn’t matter whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.” “Sure,” I’d think, “but no one wants to lose.”

Yet, at CFLA, I’ve learned to play the game, to play it with dignity and to play it for myself. To strive, to practice, to train hard, to EARN victories, and to lament defeats. And I realized that no, one DOES want to lose, but when I play the game, the WHOLE game start to finish – from plan to practice to game day – the defeat is mine. I know why it happened and I know that it couldn’t have happened any other way.

I’ve learned that “how you play the game” isn’t just about being a good sport, but being IN it – from plan to practice to game day – 100% to win. And when I play THAT way, the whole experience is a transformation beyond winning and losing. Winning and losing are tokens, souvenirs of the trip – not the trip itself.

This Open got me fired up. Why? I EARNED everything I got – the good, the not so good, the miserable, and the transcendent. There’s not a moment where I look back and think I could have done anything different. That’s what they mean. That’s what I’ve learned about playing the game.

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Steve G.



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