Locals Only 2017 to Benefit Nico Porchini

By Lisa

Have you ever seen me just before a competition? I am usually in full-on “panic attack mode.” My heart races, I have trouble breathing, I’m usually in tears and I feel like I’m going to pass out. Competitions – and working out in front of people in general – totally freak me out. The fear I feel just before 3-2-1 GO can only parallel to the one and only time I stood at an open door of an air plane and (willingly) jumped out. The moment before I jumped, I literally thought I was going to die. I am sure that my heart almost came out of my chest. I am super afraid of heights and decided to go sky-diving to try to conquer that fear (nothing like facing your biggest fear head-on, right?) After the initial moments of anxiety, sky-diving was a beautiful experience and I absolutely loved it. Now, I still don’t love CrossFit competitions and I have been known to pee my pants while competing, but I’m trying to get more comfortable with it. I know that I’m never going to be a Games-Level CrossFit athlete. Seriously, I am well aware of my skill level. Also, I don’t really possess a sense of competition while trying not to die while WODing (sheesh, I just want to finish). I’m not athletic at all and the fact that I can do half of what CrossFit has taught me surprises me everyday. Sometimes it’s fun to see how I stack up, but no matter where I’m at in the rankings, I’m just proud of myself for trying.

Now, Brian loves to compete. He likes testing himself against other athletes and other gyms. He really thrives on that feeling of competition and it reminds him of playing team sports when he was young. He uses each competition as a measuring stick to see if his training is working. He’s usually one of the first people to register once a competition opens and is obsessed by his overall rankings throughout the day. He will replay the WOD in his mind for days, strategizing on how to do it better next time. He gets angry if he doesn’t perform the way he hopes and takes the competition very seriously. For him, competing is a BIG DEAL and he wants to WIN.

Are you like me? Like Brian? Or somewhere in between?

Here’s your chance to try out a competition in a safe, friendly environment while raising money for one of our own. We came up with “Locals Only” in 2013 as our primary fundraising vehicle in support of Incendians. This competition is for Incendians only. No outside competitors are invited.

The 2017 Locals Only will benefit the family of Nico Porchini. Read about Nico’s story here. The cost to compete is $20 and all entry fees will be donated directly to Nico’s family. This year, we’ll be following a same-sex partner, blind draw format. The cool thing about this partner competition is that you won’t be working out alone, you’ll likely meet someone new and you could get anyone as your partner (meaning you could luck out and get Brian or you could get me…sorry!) Either way, it’s all for a good cause and we know you’ll enjoy being part of this very special event.

Please consider being part of this day, either as a competitor, judge or spectator. The sign up sheet can be found here and the deadline to sign up is Friday, November 3rd at 5pm. Let’s have some fun!

Locals Only will be held at CrossFit Incendia on November 4, 2017 @ 10am. All other classes have been cancelled that day in support of this event.