PRs, goal setting and how my life has changed!!!!
Today we went for a new Deadlift PR! It was awesome! There was some major smashing of old PRs in my classes!
Mark Martinez uped his old PR by 10lbs – new PR = 335
Phil Madrid uped his old PR by 10lbs. New PR = 325
Jennifer Marshall smashed her old PR by 40. New PR = 185lbs.
Damian Herrera decimated his old PR by a whopping 50lbs. New PR= 235lbs
And Mona Malec beat her long standing PR of 305Lbs by 10lbs. New PR= 315.
WAY TO GO GUYS!!!!
OKAY PEOPLE!!! It is finally a new season and with this I think that it is time to start asking more of ourselves. A PR(personal record) day is a great time to start thinking about and discussing setting goals. Whether it is uping your schedule from 2times a week to 4times a week, getting your unassisted pullups or push ups, setting a new deadlift PR, beating your 1 mile time, getting up for the 6am class, working on your form for your overhead squat, etc …the idea is to raise your bar and then meet it. I talk about it in the intros that I do with people that are considering joining our gym. When we decide what is intense for us and then get up close and personal with that line over and over again, what was intense for us is no longer enough. We sail past our previously imposed parameters and we grow, as athletes and as humans. Striving to be better is one thing, but putting it into words is another. Declaring something is a very powerful thing to do. You shift your consciousness and perhaps the universe even hears you.
I can not even tell you how much my life has changed in the past year. A year ago, I was bartending at the Cowgirl, booking the music there and managing the bar. I worked at the bar three nights a week. This included staying up until 3AM or 4AM pretty much every night of the week, as it is difficult to stay up that late 3 nights a week and have a normal schedule for the rest of the week. Drinking became less of a choice and more of a coping mechanism(drunk people are way easier to tolerate when you have had a drink yourself) and I needed a whole day to recover from the mental, psychic and physical drain that working a busy shift at the Cowgirl was on me. The money was great but eventually it was like golden hand cuffs. I could pay my mortgage working only 3 nights a week, but what was I giving up. My boyfriend had broken up with me a year and a half before because he could not stand to see me short change myself(he believed in me way more than I believed in myself) and he could not abide by the all encompassing lifestyle that was the Cowgirl. He wanted to do things during the day and sleep at night and I was simply not available. On the day that I won SF Reporter’s “Best of” poll for best bartender, I decided that it was time to make a change. I gave my bosses three months notice and gave myself three months to figure out what the hell I was going to do next.
I had been doing Crossfit for about 6 months. I decided that I had to treat it like a job and show up at noon on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, otherwise I would never be consistent enough to get over that awful hurdle that we all encounter when new to Crossfit. So that was it, that was my schedule and I was rigorous about it. I couldn’t drink the night before I did Crossfit, so already I had made a positive change in my routine. I would experience major anxiety the night before Crossfit and it would be the first scary thought upon opening my eyes. But, I had made a deal with myself and I am a stubborn bitch. So, as much as I wanted to reneg on my own agreement with myself the INTEGRITY of my word had become important to me(www.landmarkeducation.com) and it was not negotiable. I had to talk myself all the way to the gym on those days. As if there was a tiny devil and a tiny angel on each shoulder. One telling me: I could just sleep in and get up later, you are tired, you worked hard, what difference is one class going to make, you probably can’t do that workout anyway… the other telling me: 8 hours is enough sleep, you made a commitment to yourself, it’ll make you stronger, you can do this, you just have to show up and the rest is easy. I would literally get all the way in the gym, and still in the back of my head, I was reserving the right to run out the door after I read the WOD. I would read it and my first thought would be ” you can’t do that!” I would then have a quiet little panic attack and then 3,2,1, GO!!! I would question myself until I got to the halfway mark, at which point I would start to believe that maybe I could possibly do what I had just done again(half) and maybe I could actually do it! As this scenario repeated itself over and over again, I started to realized that the gym is not the only place that I tell myself that I can’t when maybe the uncomfortable truth is that I can. Uncomfortable because it takes effort and courage. One must give up the ease of complacency. I realized that in the years and years that I had wanted to stop bartending and have a career that fulfilled me I had developed a litany of “I can’ts” to keep me from believing in possibility. For example: I will never make enough money to pay my mortgage, I could never work this little and make so much, I am under educated and spent the last ten years perfecting a career that does not lead anywhere, I can’t go back to school, no one would hire me to do anything but what I am best at, I could never be as good at anything as i am at bartending, I will never find a job as flexible as a bartending job…I could go on all day and it makes me sad. After 6 months of Crossfit, I started to approach challenging situations differently. Instead of immediately blurting out “I can’t!!!”, I started to approach things from the perspective that I’m not sure if I can or not but I will do my best! Well, the good news is that my best is good enough and it beats the f*** out of never trying in the first place.
So, I gave my notice at the bar. I got Crossfit certified and the rest is history. I wake up everyday thoroughly excited to go to work. I am blessed to be surrounded by a community of people that are out to better themselves and to make a difference. Transformation occurs on a daily basis all around(and within) me. I get to affect positive change in people’s lives for a living. I look and feel about ten years younger and I have a whole new lease on life. I get to build and nurture and develop something that I truly believe in with coworkers that I love and respect. I have a new found thirst and desire for knowledge(both pertaining to Crossfit and beyond). I am healthier and more vital than ever. I am touched, moved and inspired by all of you each and everyday!!!!!! I am truly blessed.
Wow- that was quite a tangent. It just poured out of me. So, there you go. Set goals for yourself. Tell your coaches. Tell your fellow athletes. We would love to work with you to help you meet and surpass them. Make a declaration. I will write more about effective ways to create language around goals and ways to set a time line in my next blog.
My goal is to have my unassisted pullups by July 1st. I want to have 15 in a row by July 21st(scary!!!). I am telling you this so that you will help me be accountable to that goal. WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS???? WRITE THEM HERE IN THE COMMENTS OR GRAB A COACH!!!! OR BOTH!!!!
4 deads @65%of max
8 2 pood goblet squat
12 kb swings 2 pood
16 30″ box jump