Back in the Crossfit Saddle!
Back in the CrossFit saddle
by Alexapocalypse Brown on Monday, July 11, 2011 at 8:57am
I missed out on the gym for 2 weeks. AH! I didn’t want it to go so long. It was an accumulation of different things that caused it (really, an accumulation of excuses)…missed a Tuesday because it was the last day of a weightlifting series I hadn’t been doing. Missed Wednesday because of work. Missed Thursday and Friday because I don’t even remember why…maybe over slept. Then the following Monday was closed for July 4. Then Tuesday-Friday I was super sick.
But…I did go for a run last Saturday. And, I made it to class this morning. It kicked my butt, but I am SO glad I am back. It just feels right.
One thing I noticed during this 2 week hiatus was that I was getting depressed. Maybe partly because I was sick. But, I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that there are several aspects to CrossFit that help diminish periods of depression.
The endorphins help. A lot. After a good morning work out I am in a good mood the entire day.
There’s the support system. How can you feel bad when you have awesome coaches and classmates cheering you on?
The mental barriers that have to be crossed to succeed at CrossFit help me in the challenges I face in every day life. If I can push through and get in one more round – if I can tell myself NOT to stop and take that unnecessary drink of water – if I can tell myself to just keep going and finish those last box jumps and not stop halfway – if I can face the challenge of using the prescribed weight for a workout – then I have proven to myself that I can face any challenge that comes my way. And that includes any depressing thoughts. When I am working out it is just easier to tell myself those negative thoughts aren’t real. And I can then move past them.
So…it’s good to be back in the saddle!