For as long as I have been a part of the crossfit community here in Miami, Wodapalooza has been a mecca for athletes of all skill levels from all around the world. Just last year, when I spectated the event, I promised myself that I, too, would one day be on that competition floor. What I didn’t know was that “one day” would be this past Wodapalooza.
On February 3rd, just 17 days before the commencement of Wodapalooza 2020, I was invited to compete on a scaled team. The team would consist of myself and three other Team Soul athletes. I hesitated to accept the invite as I was doubtful of my ability to keep up with them. Nevertheless, I accepted because I knew it would challenge me both physically and mentally – a necessity if I wanted to grow as an athlete. And so, on that day Team Soul World Order was born (shoutout to Leslie, Lamar, and Jordan).
Up until that point, I barely knew my teammates. The next 18 days would be critical for our evolution into a team. The volume of work was much higher than I was used to, but my team members encouraged me all throughout – a foreshadow of what competition weekend would be like.