A little perspective. The Crossfit Games is truly the "sport of fitness".
The competitors are seasoned athletes in prime physical condition competing for money. These individuals are professional athletes, not unlike any other professional sport or competition (poker, football, bodybuilding, basketball, tennis, weight lifting, golf etc...).
Because of the newness of the sport as an event and the overwhelming lack of understanding of the public that there are fitness competitions where athletes prepare to compete and be paid for doing well, there is a bit of a disconnect with most people.
Thousands of people watch the Crossfit Games in shear awestruck, mouth dropping admiration and get motivated, now wanting to do THAT. Understand that these athletes have trained for years (think of an Olympian. They have spent their whole life in preparation to compete) but many get the message that they will be able to do these things the following day after not having exercised in years (or if at all).
Add in a dose of the mindset of most people who desire Instant Gratification and they walk in to a Crossfit Gym or a Health Club or go into their garage, unearth their High School weight set and start pumping away... Within a few days or weeks they incur an injury. This is not an indictment of Crossfit or of training in general, more so a caution of accepting personal responsibility. Just like you cannot expect to play on the PGA Tour because you played golf as a kid, you cannot expect to achieve a high level of fitness, utilizing highly technical lifts with incredible intensity because you saw someone doing it on T.V. and you got psyched.
The Bottom line is the Crossfit games are different than Crossfit training or training in general.
Fitness is a process.
I fully agree with you investing time and energy in yourself. Do yourself the biggest favor possible - find a great coach! One that will support you and properly prepare you to achieve your goals. One that will discuss mindset, preparation, nutrition, all aspects of fitness as they relate to your life, your needs and your goals.
You will accomplish unbelievable things if you follow this route. It just will not be today.
The Crossfit games are amazing. The athletes are amazing. The energy is amazing.
If you are beginning your journey, then set sail intelligently so you do not incur injury or loss of motivation because of an inability to achieve what you are "supposed" to or what you saw on t.v.
Be patient but challenge yourself. Accept coaching from skilled professionals that have your best interest in mind. This may be at a Crossfit facility or it may be somewhere else. This depends on you, your goals and your lifestyle. Just be sure that you get what you NEED, not what you THINK you need or what you want right now.
To your success,