Jeremy Thiel reflects on the weekend

July 31, 2009 2:00 PM

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ThielRun.jpgIn a spontaneous moment of inspiration, top Games competitor Jeremy Thiel from CrossFit Central wrote the following letter to all the 09 male competitors. He agreed to let us post it here.

I was running today and so many different CrossFit athletes keep popping into my head. I wanted to thank each and every one of you for an amazing weekend in Aromas. As cheesy as it sounds that weekend changed my life. I have never been a soldier or seen war but this was as close emotional mentally and physically I have ever been. The games started out as a fun event I planned to do well in.

After the first two events things quickly changed. I think Dave used some Navy SEAL mind-screw on us. It was suppose to be a good thing that you finished first or in the top but to me it quickly turned into a bad thing. I couldn't eat protein. I didn't know when to get pumped up or just sit there and relax. The athletes area was a concrete floor with nowhere to escape or hide.

As the day moved on the unknown grew more and more. By the last work out I told my sister Carey I didnt know if I could complete the WOD. Every step I took some other muscle cramped. I thought I was going to make a fool of myself. After regaining my composure, I went out and finished the 5th WOD. I was so thankful the day was over but damn, we didn't get to leave until 8pm. 13hrs of non stop. After all of that I was a bit delusional. All I could think about was "how the hell did you hit that 4 foot stake in sideways... and my sister beat me."

Day 2 was no easier but at least we only had 3 workouts and then I could go home. With the scoring the way it was, my mind keep telling me there's no way there's no way to win. Khalipa showed me otherwise. I think Dave again tried to kill us on that last WOD. I dont see that as a bad thing; that's why I love CrossFit. I was going strong through the first three stations knowing I would have a great time then my lat popped. It freaked me out more than it was painful. Every time I went to grab the ring for another go my lat burned. I knew I was done. I have never not finished a CrossFit WOD in my life. I just kept my emotions all bound up and knew it was over.

I have no idea why I am writing all of this. I loved the weekend and plan to keep training for the 2010 games. Much love to all of the men who do face real war or have in the past. I know this pales in comparison. Thanks Dave and Tony and all HQ staff.

Jeremy Thiel

7 comments on this entry.

1. Kris Kepler wrote...

July 31, 2009 2:30 PM

2. Web Smith wrote...

July 31, 2009 3:01 PM

Indeed. It will be fun to train alongside JT, this year. He'll be back and better than before.

Much love from Houston. Until next road trip...

Web and Lindsey Smith

3. Steve S. wrote...

July 31, 2009 4:55 PM

Nice letter Jeremy. You represented well and really had a good attitude. From the medical support viewpoint your mental and physical experience (minus the injury) was very similar to many of those out there with you. The test of overall fitness and capacity for recovery was as impressive as those who participated.

Thanks for the perspective.

4. Jason G wrote...

July 31, 2009 7:06 PM

man just sacking up and competing is awesome enough. If that isnt enough motivation humbling your own amazing efforts to inspire others is, well something great needs to be said for this man's character. Best of luck next year.

5. Tim Wyatt wrote...

August 1, 2009 7:51 AM


I have always been impressed by the contrast in your humble and gracious demeanor when talking about Crossfit and your ferocity when competing. Thanks for such an honest letter. It is very encouraging to us "troops" as we go about our "mini-competitions" each day.

6. FireBlaine wrote...

August 1, 2009 11:47 AM

"Humble" a quality most CF'ers seem to have. Humility seems to also be a common denominator.

I was rootin' for ya' this year. Perhaps I will see you next year as it is athletes like you that motivate me to attempt to qualify for 2010.

7. theBurch wrote...

August 1, 2009 1:41 PM


Just got some good points in my book.. now don't screw it up. HA!

See you next year hitting it just as hard as you did this year.