"Sport, properly directed, develops character, makes a man courageous, a generous loser, and a gracious victor; it refines the senses, gives intellectual penetration, and steels the will to endurance. It is not merely a physical development then. Sport, rightly understood, is an occupation of the whole man, and while perfecting the body as an instrument of the mind, it also makes the mind itself a more refined instrument for the search and communication of truth and helps man to achieve that end to which all others must be subservient, the service and praise of his Creator."
– Pope Pius XII,
Sport at the Service of the Spirit
July 29, 1945
I never considered myself an 'athlete' - I've always loved to play, but I've never been noteworthy at anything.
BUT I do spend and extraordinary amount of time training and now competing, though I am not 'elite', I am not a professional. Crossfit started for me as just another fitness program, but I am awakening to discover myself as a respectable athlete within a fitness community. No, this is not the NFL or Major Leagues, or the Olympics. But this is my life. My life has been revolving in an increasing way around the sport of crossfit.