A Champion Who Came In Last

“Have you ever dreamed of being something one day and you became it? Today I became a champion…it was EPIC!

I came in last place and was crowned a champion. During our final Holly Jolly IV challenge at CrossFit Cedar Park, the first workout was 33 burpees. For those who don’t know what a burpee is, think hell and then multiple it 33 times.

I can do them and even trudge through 10, but 33 is going to require something I’ve never done. To make matters worse there was a person counting which means there’s no way to cheat.

Now 33 burpees for a young and in-shape person is brutal. For an old, out of shape and overweight person, it’s biblical. I was speaking to my Creator asking if He was going to let me into the pearly gates this morning.

At about the 20th burpee my body started to stop. I could feel a wall, a brick wall, stopping me. I could see a wizard approaching me. I had to stop. Then my daughter comes next to me and yells at me and starts to do burpees with me. “Come on dad you can do it…I’m proud of you.” Mind you, she just got done doing her 33 burpees and is now doing another set right next to me to encourage me. Then I hear a shout from across the room, “TERRY Go, Come On Terry Go.” Thanks Wlaldi and Dave I recognized your voices even though I couldn’t see because I was having tunnel vision at this point.

My daughter is shouting, “Go dad, Go dad, just one more…one more dad.” Then the entire room of over 60 people erupts into a chant…”Go Terry, Come on Terry, Terry down…up Terry, 10 more Terry.” I look around and everyone has stopped working out and I see everyone has gathered around me cheering me on to victory. I get to only 5 left and I’m starting to feel like an Olympic athlete that is about to win the gold. Now the momentum of the crowd cheering me on is causing my body to go up and down, up and down.

I’m in last place. I know it and everyone knows it but that doesn’t matter because today they will crown me a champion. The will celebrate with me and be a part of watching someone go to a place he’s never been before.

This place is where you exceed what you think you are capable of doing. It’s a place where you have to decide that you will give more of yourself then you have to give. It’s a place where the only way to get there is by telling my body to obey and submit to what your mind is telling it even though your body can’t.

What a great place. Thank you EVERYONE at CrossFit Cedar Park today for cheering me on to be a champion. I lost in time but I conquered because YOU stood next to me and cheered me on. My daughter Kelli Middleton who I raised, now raises me up and you all carry me to the finish line in victory.

I can not say Thank You enough to each and everyone of you. What an experience I shall never forget.

Thank you to my teammates, Matthew Bohnsack, Kris and Kelli and all the coaches, Dave, Wlaldi, Nikki, Carson, Robin, Victoria and everyone I’ve worked out with during these past 8 weeks.

What a super awesome way to start a New Year!”

Terry Middleton

“PS. Oh, just 8 weeks ago when I started Crossfit Cedar Park, I could not do even 1 burpee.”

10 Replies to “A Champion Who Came In Last”

  1. Thank you everyone…this is a great post. The only way I can describe Saturday morning is magical. Something happened for me and I think the entire gym.

    It shows how awesome Cross Fit Cedar Park is when 60+ people stop what they are doing to help you get to the finish line.

    Amber – thank you for posting this.


  2. This is what brings me back to the box week after week: the community that makes up each box and CrossFit as a whole. Congrats, Terry!

  3. ahhh, Terry, I know exactly how you feel! I am 55 years young and am always DFL (deading effing last) but I am DOING it. Better than sitting at home… Congrats to you!

  4. Terry, you truly embody the spirit of Crossfit! I have been that last person and have felt the love and support as well. It is truly amazing what we can find in ourselves especially when surrounded by positive, supportive people. My husband just started elements this week and he is fearful of being out of shape and not keeping up. I sent him your post, which made me tear up. I have told him that the most important ingredients to success at Crossfit are not whether you can get a pull up from the moment you walk in the door but rather you need heart and a good, humble, positive personality. You are a true champion!! Congrats.

  5. terry one year into crossfit 315 lbs when i started today 260..every one thought i would quit the first day …the crossfit community is the best..at 44 years old i have college kids finishing after me..i know exactly how you feel

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