12 January 2011
OMG Three days have past and no blog! My apologies. There are so many topics I want to get into and every time I think of one, I see a facebook post about it…the synchronicity is astounding! Obviously I can’t tackle them all in one post. But I can start….and the discussion and exploration can continue, just like our quest for fitness.
Topic one: Resting/Rest Days
Topic three: I wasn’t always like this.
I wasn’t always like this. The way I am now. I spent the greater(as in quantity) part of my life not working out. In fact i used to think running( for example) was a waste of time and couldn’t fathom why anyone would want to do do such a thing. Unless of course they were being chased, and my logic didn’t lead to the next obvious thought that if I never ran before why would I suddenly be a great runner if someone was chasing me!
I wasn’t always able to do pull ups unassisted, or do a clean. In fact this February will be my one year anniversary of falling in love with CrossFit. Nearly one year ago I did my first CrossFit WOD, it was Fran. I think I did it with 55lbs and I definitely used a green band for my pull ups, my time was 11 something…I was so proud and so wasted! I was terrified to come back to another class, and yet it was all I could think about. For months after I would show up to do a class and just be thinking I should run away, but I kept showing up. I moved a green band to a purple. Usually I would have to go to my knees for push ups to make it through the workout, but I kept showing up. I continued to push through, focus on my form and tell myself I could do it. Then there were days when we would be learning a new movement. One in particular I can think of was the clean. Funny we just did cleans yesterday (11 January 2011) and I remembered how difficult it can be and how utterly important the movement is. The first time I learned the clean was the first time I left class frustrated and kinda angry. I could not get the movement down, my brain and my body just would sync up. I started practicing cleans at home with a latilla. I was determined to understand it, to get it. Then there was the learning of double unders. Practice practice practice almost everyday even just for one minute, and then I got them, did them in a few workouts, thought I had it made…stopped doing them for a while, stopped practicing. Next time it came up in a workout, ha! I could barely string two together. I was amazed and humbled.
This quest for fitness, this drive to be healthier, fitter stronger faster, it is ongoing its everyday.It’s a life time of work and I love it. But there will always be obstacles and hardships and frustrations and days of crying in the shower after a workout but then there’s tomorrow. and I get up and try again. Try to remember that, each and everyone of you is growing and changing everyday. Look back to your journals, look at a workout you did just three months ago, look back to 6 months ago. How have you grown? Where are you stuck? Take a picture of yourself today, mental or digital, compare that picture to one in three months, 6 months, one year. You will be amazed!
Crow B. Rising
(thanks to Becca Borawski at CFLA, this was a topic on my mind and then you blogged it about it moments later and I knew it had to be done here too)