CrossFit is a lesson that never ends, school that is always in session. It will never stop teaching, we chose to stop paying attention.
The following is authored by: Joel Lyman
Sometimes it’s easier to be cynical than it is to be real.
It’s easier to dodge, deflect, and disregard your true feelings under the auspices of looking clever or witty. To have a laugh about things is to not let them bother you. To take seriously some things in life would require real change on your part, and that’s too much to bear. So let’s laugh instead.
So let’s be real for a minute: It’s been more than a year since my first WOD. I know I am stronger physically and mentally, but I cannot help but feel that I have held and lost something great within myself. Elephant in the room- I’m still fat as an elephant. My diet is a mess. I have used my injuries as a crutch, and instead of focusing on where I can improve, I’ve largely felt sorry for myself and that’s about it. Worst of all, I begun to lose focus on what CrossFit was really about.
And then, something changed.
I had the opportunity to WOD during a partner workout. I was heavily modified and worked on my own, and as I completed my wod, I watched the others finish. The first group finished an especially tough WOD in about 13 minutes. They both collapsed, breathing heavily- and after a couple of minutes, quietly fist bumped and put their weights away, to absolutely zero recognition of the amazing work they just did. Other groups finished much in the same manner- quietly, without much regard from those around. Folks who were done began to talk to each other about how tough it was. Eventually, 23 minutes from the start, 2 people were still going. Both looked beyond exhausted, inches away from quitting, and then something happened.
The crowd gathered around as they finished their burpees and went on to the last movement. People began shouting for them to keep going when I saw on their faces all they wanted to do was quit. And then, one of them is standing over and staring at the bar.
The bar had to have been beyond what either could, on paper, bear at that moment. Somehow, between the 2 of them, they finished their hang cleans, and dropped into a full collapse on the floor. But what happened next was a true CrossFit moment, and one I desperately needed to see.
Our box erupted in applause. Even the first group- both guys anyone would consider firebreathers, clapped loudest and smiled the biggest. Everyone gathered to acknowledge the importance of this moment: it’s not about finishing first or best. Hell no. It’s about finishing when you thought you couldn’t. When all odds were against. When all you wanted to do was quit but you kept going, through pain and sweat and good sense-you wanted to finish.
I doubt for me that it’s ever going to be about being the best, the fastest, or the strongest. What it damn well is about is being MY best, MY fastest and MY strongest.
And that’s what this is all about. Being YOU- the best YOU that you can possibly be. And if that means that you’re going to be last, struggling just to finish, all the better.
-Recover 10 Minutes-
“Heavy Power Elizabeth”
Power Clean 135/185
Weighted Dips 25/45
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