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What Starts Off Wrong, Can End Up Right


Many of you who follow the CrossFit Games recognize the above face.  It is Lucas Parker, one of Canada West’s qualifying competitors for the CrossFit Games since 2011.  He’s a PHENOMENAL athlete and has developed quite a following…partially for the mystery behind the beard, somewhat for his nude entrance to the cycling portion of the 2012 triathlon, but mostly for his unparalleled strength, which CrossFitter always admire. Last year, he placed 15th at the Games, and after a year of intense training, was predicted to place much higher in 2013.  After the first three events, Lucas Parker was in no position to even place in the top 20.  Here’s what he had to say about it:

I want to use this post to reach out and say thank you; thank you to all my friends and fans who screamed themselves hoarse in the stands, on their computers, or in front of their televisions. Last week was a ride of physical and emotional highs and lows: going into the week of competition, I felt a little flat. To put it in highly scientific terms, I had no “juice.” This is highlighted (lowlighted?) by some of my less impressive numbers on the leaderboard.

I figured I could write the first couple events off to mental or physical deficiencies (swimming and rowing are my weakest movements) but when I did not place in the top group on the “strongman” event or the “sprint” event, I knew that there was something strange going on. It will take a couple weeks to reflect, analyse, and assess what that was.

I was struggling with feelings of frustration, confusion, and engaging in a lot of negative self talk. That all turned around when I walked out on the field for my first Clean & Jerk. Holy shit. Thank you. The crowd got behind me and lifted my spirits, allowing me to lift that bar. And the next one. And the next one.

Through the whole week, folks have been cheering their hearts out for me, and it felt so good to finally give them something worth cheering for. 

So, long story short, I was able to finish the weekend with a few decent performances, thanks in large part to the overwhelming support I’ve felt in person and online. This year’s Games was, of course, bigger and better than ever, and it was such an honour to compete alongside some of the best male and female athletes on the planet. 

There is a lot to be learned from this weekend, and I’m excited to keep putting the pieces together and keep learning about who I am as a person and an athlete. One thing I know for sure that has been reaffirmed by my experiences: I want this. I can win this thing. 

I’m looking forward to a 2014 full of structure and purpose, driven by a renewed sense of urgency“.

You see, sometimes things just plain and simply do not turn out the way we expect.  For whatever reason, many ventures in our lives can have a disappointing beginning…who cares…it happens.

But what happens after that is what is important.

Do we engage in negative self-talk?  Do we doubt our ability to right our wrong, or improve our failure?

In Lucas’ case, he claims it was the fans…but I saw this dude

He was the first competitor to walk out and START at the 315 lb bar… in a friggin’ singlet


He knew this was his opportunity; despite the fact that he had “failed” in the first few events, he knew that this was his chance to shine.  He knew that this was the culmination for which he had spent a year (presumably more) training.

He was brave.

He didn’t let the past predict what he would do in the present.

He could’ve started at the lower weight and played it safe.

Because he didn’t, he had his moment.  His moment caused the audience to cheer, perhaps causing him to lift more weight; I’m not quite sure.

But what I do know is this: just because it starts off wrong, doesn’t mean that it can’t end up right.

It doesn’t mean that you can’t have your moment.

Parker went on to have an 8th, 4th, and 5th place finish in the final three WODs.

It’s up to you…


2 Responses for What Starts Off Wrong, Can End Up Right

  1. Bill R:
    August 07, 2013 01:46 am

    Fear the Beard!

    And take note of his form during the clean and jerk ladder. It was robotic, controlled, and phenomenal.

  2. Frammell:
    August 07, 2013 05:40 am

    Castro tried to shave Lucas Parker’s beard before the Games started…but the blade broke in half