Someone recently asked me why I CrossFit. They wanted to know why I continually train at such a high level and why I pursue The CrossFit Games as a goal year after year. What is it about The Games that means so much to me?
I CrossFit because I love it. I love the way it challenges me, the way it makes me feel, and all the positive things that come along with it; the fitness, the health, the people, the comradery, the community, the sport, the competition, and the strong mind and body, just to name a few. I compete year after year and train with the goal of reaching The CrossFit Games because there is no greater achievement for a CrossFit athlete other than actually winning The Games or landing on the podium.
I never in a million years ever thought I would be this physically fit, this mentally strong, and this capable at something. So capable that it’s now my profession. I’ll be the first to admit that it takes way more than it ever used to for me to compete at this level. It’s a daily grind that requires a lot of time and sacrifice. Because I take what I do very seriously, I devote every ounce that I have towards my craft and meeting my goals. That being said, I’m seven years into this CrossFit journey and I still enjoy it as much as I did back in 2008. Back when it was something I started doing just to have fun and stay in shape.
Qualifying for The Games is a goal that I set for myself every year. I believe it’s a privilege to compete in The CrossFit Games and it’s something that I know very few people will ever get to do. It’s what I look forward to every year so each time I get the chance to go back, I treat it like an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I know exactly what it feels like to have it taken away so I cherish each and every experience like it’s my last.
When I think about what The Games mean to me, I can’t help but think of all the memories; the successes, the failures, my first Games experience on the ranch in Aromas and the growth of The Games over the years. I think of all the events I’ve done. The excitement and the nerves heading into each one. I think of all the time, energy, and sacrifice that went into earning that coveted spot. I think about all the hard work, the battle scars, the sweat, the tears, the laughs, and everything in-between. I think of my peers and fellow athletes and all the amazing friendships I’ve made because of this sport. I think of the intense competition, the chain of events that occur behind the scenes, the community, the fans, and all the festivities that make The Games so great. Most of all, I think of how crazy it is that I’ve gotten to be a part of it all.
I am so thankful to have already participated in five CrossFit Games and more grateful than ever to be heading back to my sixth. It’s an honor to compete at the Games. It’s what I live for and train for day in and day out. The sport of CrossFit has blessed me beyond belief. My experience at The CrossFit Games is something I will always be proud of, something that can never be taken away from me, and something I’ll never forget for as long as I live.
Thank you to everyone that has supported me along the way. I am forever grateful.
– Stacie Tovar