exhaustion and elation that I made my goal! Was it the best score in the box or even in the top 5? Nope and I don’t care. It was my victory and I worked my butt off to earn that score. I joked around about it after saying that I felt like the little kid that just got their training wheels taken off for the first time and it yelling for mommy & daddy to watch. Sure I didn’t reach my original goal of getting to the double unders, but I adjusted my goal based on what I could physically do. I pushed myself, I didn’t give up, I didn’t settle for less, and I gave 100% effort. That is what CrossFit is all about.
The final WOD was one that I won’t forget. It was:
Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 4 minutes of
65 pound Thruster, 15 reps
If 3 rounds were completed in the 4 minutes, then the time would be extended to 8 min, and so on. I was really nervous about this one. Chest to bar pull-ups are one of the exercises that I did that originally hurt my shoulder. My goal was to complete the 4 minutes and not reinjure my shoulder. Yup, seriously that was my goal, to not get hurt. I ended up with a score of 51 and I was happy. I was happy because it was a decent score but more importantly I was happy because the next day my shoulder didn’t hurt more than usual. The chest to bar pull-ups with a reverse grip was a good call from my coach. After the WOD was finished and I realized that I did it and didn’t get injured, my confidence returned. I realized that although I still had to be smart about my shoulder, I didn’t have to baby it anymore. I decided to do this one again during open box because I knew I could do better, and I did. I went into open box with a goal of going from 51 to 60. All I had to do was 9 more chest to bar pull-ups to finish the 2nd round. Knowing it was only going to be a 4 minute workout, I asked for my favorite pump up song “Till I Collapse” by Eminem featuring Nate Dogg. I remember being nervous because I was in the front with everyone watching. But ultimately everyone watching and cheering was exactly what I needed. I got into the zone and everything fell into place. My first set of pull-ups was unbroken and that gave me a power surge to turn it on. Not only did I meet my goal of 60, but I got back to the bar for thrusters and was able to get 13 before time ran out. Final score: 73! This ended up being the best score in the box (including men!) I couldn’t believe it. I was shocked and elated. But the best feeling was when I came home to tell my kids and my son says “really mom, but you’re the smallest one there!”
Seeing the pride in my kids’ face that day when I came back was priceless and made all the work worth it. How do you teach perseverance to your kids? Be the example they can look up to. At least that’s what I’m striving for.