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Monday, March 11, 2013 @ 7:55:00 PM - Written by Doug Hignell -

Earlier today I watched Jenny LaBaw - an incredible athlete from Chico, CA - perform in the 2013 CrossFit Open. I don't know if I've seen a more amazing athletic performance, yet Jenny considers her own physical abilities secondary to other parts of her life.

Let me provide some background. Approximately 46,000 women from about 110 countries are competing. Jenny finished sixth in the world at the 2011 games and first in the Northern California region last year, despite a nagging injury. Since then, Jenny has trained hard in preparation for the 2013 competition, often doing two workouts per day. As you can imagine, she came into this year's competition with high expectations.

However, just before the first week of the competition started, she was riding her bicycle when another cyclist cut right in front of her, causing her to fly over her handlebars and break her foot. She now wears a cast and isn't supposed to put weight on that foot.. Yesterday, she cheered other athletes as they competed in our son Ryan's CrossFit gym. Today, however, she did the first workout with one foot and achieved a score of 150, which many women won't reach. She completed 90 burpees (starting in push-up position, your chest to the floor, and then getting up and jumping six inches) and 60 snatches (lifting a barbell over your head, the first 30 at 45 pounds and the next 30 at 75 pounds) in 17 minutes. And she did all of this on one foot. You can watch Jenny's workout at

Before performing earlier today Jenny posted a blog, a portion of which I've copied below with her permission:

I don't want to ever live my life with regrets and that's what will happen if I don't try this. I can mope and weep and feel sorry for myself or I can tackle this workout with the mindset of how lucky am I to have one good leg and be able to be active. Now, I'm also a realist and I know that there is a chance that I won't be able to complete the open workouts with a broken foot. If that happens, what do I do? I'm not sure yet. I'm going to be crushed inside, no doubt! But, I am not going to be done. I'm Jenny LaBaw the person, not Jenny LaBaw the athlete. I am not defined by what I do, but by who I am. I am a girlfriend, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, and a granddaughter. I am a coach, a friend, and a momma to two beautiful labs. I have family and friends that I care about more than anything on this earth and know they love me, too...By...remembering what's really important in life, no matter what happens, I am going to be fine.

I was overwhelmed with emotion as I watched Jenny compete on one leg, but I'm even more impacted by her reminder that our relationships are more important than our performance, and that we are defined by who we are, not what we can do. What is more important in your life, relationships or performance? Jenny, thank you for this reminder.

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