“Here you are back from winning the Master 45 category of Southern Warriors 2021, a Crossfit competition with the breathtaking scenery of Monopoli. This is your second podium here. I’ve seen you particularly calm these past two days of competition. How did it go?”
Here I am, a little dazed and bruised. It seems like a nonsense, but it all gives a feeling of total well-being and happiness.
Anyone who tests themselves in a competition knows what I’m talking about.
Winning this Southern Warriors 2021 in my category (Cat. Regular Master 45) was different than winning the 2019 (Cat. Regular Master 40):
a good, strong emotion, but diluted.
I wondered why and answered myself:
because even just being here, after a forcefully skipped 2020, was already having won;
because after a year of (victorious) competitions of a completely different kind (body building), I arrived at this one better prepared, both physically and mentally stronger;
because I started out calm and focused;
because after 5 years, this is now home and at home you feel good.
If on the one hand everything went smoothly, and perhaps for this very reason, this year this race has made me question some of my fixed points, and confirm others that I may have underestimated. Points on which I will work:
CROSSFIT IS A COMPLETE DISCIPLINE, IT MUST BE RESPECTED IN ITS COMPLETENESS
-> I was lulled by the guarantees of the context of competition over 45 “where certain movements are not included” and zaaaaaac a nice WOD with handstand walk – which tactically I skipped, but it makes me feel “dirty” so chapeau to Davide Greco (IG @davidegre) who learned it in 5 days while I have “snubbed”…
now daily handstand walk for a year …
PLAYING “EASY” GIVES MEASURED SATISFACTION
-> since thanks to bb competitions and the fact that this is now my full time job, I can work my ass off to compete with the elite category and leave the masters in peace – Maurizio Di Cuonzo (IG @kojakko) pointed it out to me! and he’s right!
-> this time I was coaching myself and it worked. But it worked because I had the doors open to comparison with other coaches who I THANK!!! Omar Mohamed Alì Coach (IG @omarultradventure) for the support and the confrontation in a moment of crisis – that there are always – and Alberto Grazia Coach (IG @albertograziacoach) for giving me a different key of interpretations of the training with the safety of the bb as base.
TEAM SPIRIT IS NOT A BULLSHIT
-> we easily fill our mouths with the importance of cultivating and growing team spirit. In fact, in addition to a medal around my neck yesterday, I took home the pats on the back and the sound of laughter from the great master 45s who competed with me!
Donato Lorè, Ilario Cosentino, Davide Greco, Ernesto Antonacci, Maurizio Di Cuonzo # headdownandkeepgoing!
-> professionalism can never be taken for granted and the ability of an organization – Southern Warriors and Project Judge Rules (IG @southernwarriors and @judgerules) – to hold on in times of difficulty and reopen the doors as soon as possible to be there and always welcome with enthusiasm is to be recognized and rewarded!
The only request I make is to see a few more official photos and video images of us masters as well. Maybe we are less spectacular, but the commitment and effort are the same.
And THANK YOU ❤️ to you, my life partner, for being a force and passing it all on! Along with your innate and boundless competitive spirit 😂
“What are you going to do now?”
Now let’s think about the next competitions and adjust the shot where it needs to be adjusted. For sure I will come back to Puglia, maybe for a longer period.