This is the 5th year for this Worldwide, one-day event for Novice and Intermediate Athletes and my 4th time competing in this event. If you haven’t heard of the Festivus Games, the premise is simple – a functional-fitness competition, meant to test your capacity rather than a high degree of skill, and NOT meant for those fire-breather athletes. Finally, something for us normal folks. No muscle ups? No problem!
There are 2 events each year. April is an individual competition and October is a team event. I love the fall team event the most for 2 main reasons:
- Built in rest during the workouts!
- It has helped me build stronger relationships with my community.
It is no secret that I love to compete. I love having an event on my calendar to keep me motivated with my training. I love strategizing with my partner and figuring out the best game plan for attacking a workout. I love practicing new movements and new standards (synchro plank claps!). I love the feeling of the nerves and anticipation as the day gets closer. And I really love picking out our silly team names and killer outfits!
But mostly I love the competition.
You get the chance to put yourself to the test, get out of your comfort zone and make the switch from training mode to performance mode.
Competing has never been about winning for me (although it would be nice for once!). In fact, before this past weekend I don’t think I have ever even finished in the top half of a functional-fitness type competition. I have a few last place finishes to my name and I usually end up watching the finals from the sidelines . And guess what – nothing bad happened when I came in last! As my wise young coach Tom once told me – no one who loves me loves me any less for coming in last.
This Festivus event did not disappoint. Here are a few of my top highlights:
- Our community. All our amazing folks out there competing, cheering and supporting each other. Rico and Aldo, Kari, Annika and Laila, Caleigh and Kim, Erin and Jocelyne. And of course, my awesome partner, which leads me to my second highlight…
- Partnering with Darcy. There is a good reason she is the reigning Dude. Tough, competitive and supportive, she is the ideal teammate.
- Coming in 8th. No podium. No medals. But knowing that we both gave it our everything and were awarded with the best placing I have had to date.
So, if you have ever thought about competing and wasn’t sure how, why not talk to your coach and see if Festivus is for you? Or better yet, sign up for MadLab 11.0. What have you got to lose?!?
~ wannabe Coach Caron