I read Seth Godin's blog post today entitled "The Red Lantern". Seth's point was that no one celebrates the person who comes in last -- except in the Iditarod where the one who finishes last gets the Red Lantern as an award for coming in last, not giving up, and just finishing the race hours after the others. Seth goes on to cite other sports and endeavors where the winners seem to get all the praise, extra coaching, and accolades while those who come in last get, well, nothing. Our society favors winners, plain and simple. And we sometimes joke that "it pays to be a winner" when it comes to individual WODs.
Most, but not all, of those who CrossFit were, at one time or another, athletes. Sometimes there are those who start CrossFit having never worked out in their life and discover hidden talents, while those who professed to have been semi-pro discover huge chinks in their armor and realize that they just aren't as good as they believed they were. Either way, in CrossFit, it doesn't really matter unless you intend to compete in the CrossFit Games. But I've digressed.
Getting back to the point that Seth Godin made in his post about the Red Lantern, there is another sport that celebrates the one who comes in last, the one who struggles to make it through a difficult, long, hard workout to finish long after everyone else is done stretching. That sport is CrossFit. Unless you've been that person -- and I have on many occasions -- the exhilaration and thrill of hearing those around you cheer you on, praise you, congratulate you, and revel in your last-place finish is unmatched in any other sport I've ever been a part of. I think that this, together with community, is why people love CrossFit.
The moral of the story here is simply to do the work, persevere, and finish. It doesn't matter whether you come in first or come in last. What matters is that you showed up and did the work. CrossFit will not only make you appreciate the finish in a workout, but will help you mentally to become a better person all around through the process of coming in last, but finishing ahead of those who never finished at all or who never even showed up.