It’s probably inevitable. You do something cool enough surrounded by friends, and when it’s over you feel lost. Like you’ll never have that same feeling again. The good news is, you will, assuming your willing to keep moving towards the next event like Krissy is below:
The following is authored by: Krissy Honeycutt
Anybody who’s ever run a marathon, a half-marathon, or even their first 5 or 10k, has experienced the “post-marathon let-down.”. When I ran my first half-marathon on September 16, 2006, I felt it, and I felt it with every half after that. It was especially strong after my one and only full marathon.
You spend months training for one race. Running more miles than you ever thought possible: hill repeats, tempo runs, long runs. Then that day comes, nerves take over, and in a couple hours, it’s over. Then it hits you: What do I do now?
When can I run my next race? How do I go on with my life now that I’m not training for anything? One minute your proud of your accomplishment, and the next you’re crying in the corner.
But it doesn’t stop at marathons or races.
On January 26, 2013, I competed at the Barbell Blitz in Covington, KY., with 23 other incredible athletes from PCF. I watched my friends stringing together muscle-ups for the first time in a WOD, bench-pressing weights they didn’t think possible, overhead-squatting their one rep max multiple times, doing burpees like it was their job, and rowing like they were being chased by sharks.
I stared breathless at a women who pulled her chin over the bar 97 times, I saw 112 unbroken double-unders by an incredible daddy, and I joined pre-WOD prayers led by one of the most inspirational men I know. I had the most awesome nine hours with my PCF family!
Then Sunday, it hit me. “Post-competition let down.”
All those feelings that I experienced after my races swelled up inside me once again. But this time, they were different. This time it’s not all about me; it’s not “what will I do next?,” or “when will I compete again?” It’s more “what will WE do next?,” and “when will WE compete again?”
This wasn’t my first competition, but this was the first time I felt like this. I felt that even though we were all competing as four different teams from PCF, we were all there together as one family, and that’s what made it special.
I keep trolling through the hundreds of photos on Facebook, reliving the moments I spent with my friends, eager to compete again soon with these very same athletes. And I’ve realized that “post-competition let-down” is different from “post-marathon let-down” because I know that my CrossFit training is preparing me for so much more than a couple of hours. I also know that in a few short weeks we will all be gathered together on the WOD floor every Friday night, for five straight weeks, competing in the Open together as a family…as Team PCF.
AMRAP 7 Minutes
-recover 2 Minutes-
AMRAP 7 Minutes
1-Minute to complete:
2-Hip to bar
1-Banded transition on the rings
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