Athlete Journal: Michael Winchester, Entry 9 – 4/29/12

As you read this Michael and his CrossFit Central teammates are competing at the CrossFit Regionals. Find out his final words and thoughts before he headed off to competition!

Schedule of CrossFit Athlete Journals:

Mondays – Ingrid Kantola

Wednesdays – Travis Holley

Sundays – Michael Winchester

Michael Winchester – Athlete Journal 4/29/12

(Read Michael’s Bio here)

The 2012 Regionals is upon us.

As you read this, we are wrapping up the first weekend of the 2012 Regionals. If all goes according to plan, Team CrossFit Central will be heading back to the Games after missing out last year by one spot.

The workouts this year are three things: hard – heavy – technical. The individual WODs will test each athlete’s ability to push past physical and mental barriers, and perform across every metabolic pathway and modal domain. The team WODs will require each team to not only have outstanding athletes, but to be truly unified in vision and purpose if they plan on finishing top three by the end of the weekend.

As far as I am concerned: the harder and heavier, the better. As CrossFit HQ has already pointed out, the Open was designed with 95% of the CrossFitting population in mind. Now it is a different game. Regionals is for the top 5% in our field to show of what they are made.

Facta non verba.

“Deeds not words” – this has become my mantra for the year. 2011 was a year filled with a lot of talk and big dreams. But at the end of the day, that’s all we were left with. This year by contrast has not involved a lot of fanfare around the gym when it comes to Regionals and the Games. We are wiser and more experienced this year. We realize simply making it to Regionals is not our goal. We do not and have never trained to make it to Regionals. We train to make it to the CrossFit Games and prove ourselves as one of the best boxes in the world.

We are the best in the world when it comes to training people and helping them achieve greatness in their lives. We also lay claim to some of the best CrossFitters in the game today. But it is not enough to be good at CrossFit. You have to prove it when it’s all on the line. And this weekend it will all be on the line.


It’s hard to believe that one year has passed since last year’s Regionals. One year of work, planning, preparation, training, and sacrifice. If one is serious in any endeavor or sport, sacrifice is a necessary component to achieve results. The results you achieve will be commensurate with your level of sacrifice towards your goal.

The outcome.

Check back with me next week as I will be updating you with our results and my thoughts on Regionals. You can follow our progress on twitter: @redblackgym, @crossfitcentral, @md_winchester, @myignition, @callmegretchen or on the CrossFit Games site!

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