It is crazy how quickly the games season is approaching. It feels like yesterday that Vitality experienced the bitter aftertaste of defeat at the Mid-Atlantic Regionals. Both individually and as a team, we suffered through a grueling weekend that left a sour taste in our mouth that has lasted 7 months and still tastes just as bad as it did that Sunday in Virginia. However, what we did do is learn from our mistakes. We have come a long way in these 7 months. Some of us began training a week after Regionals. This time around, we have been training much smarter and more methodical. As a team, we are deeper than we were last year and more well rounded. I think we have a legitimate shot to make it out to California this year. The next two months will be extremely important. It is easy for people to lose focus as it gets colder and the holidays creep up on us. All it takes for me is to just close my eyes and I vividly recall warming up for the final event, sitting on a rower minutes before the last event kicks off, and knowing that no matter what I did, I had no chance of making it to the games. I don't care what happens, all I want is a chance at the end to make it to the games. That is all you can ask for, just give us the chance to make it when we line up for the last WOD on Sunday afternoon. When I try to explain the Games to friends and family outside of CrossFit, it is very difficult for them to understand that we train 363 days out of the year for ONE weekend…. for ONE chance to make it out to California to compete with the best CrossFitters in the world. Most of the time, training is very enjoyable because I get to do it with awesome athletes from Vitality, including my wife. How many people get to play a competitive sport with their wife? We, as CrossFitters, are very fortunate that we can do these things together with our spouses. There is nothing better than seeing husband/wives at Vitality going head to head in a WOD, I can't think of a healthier way to experience fitness than CrossFit.