Some days you’re the dog,
Some days you’re the bone.
I would love for every post of mine to relay some major achievement, but that is not always going to be the case. Such as my workout today, which very quickly revealed some weaknesses of mine. As you can see from the whiteboard, I was nearly dead last this morning.
CrossFit Games Open WOD 12.3 - 18 Minute AMRAP:
- 15 box jumps (24”)
- 12 push presses (115lbs)
- 9 toes-to-bar
The standards of the box jumps worked in my favor as I have never bounced right off of the box. A 115lb push press is heavier than I have done in a WOD (at least as far as I can recall) so I knew that would be a challenge but doable. The big mystery in my mind was T2B. Prior to this morning, I had only done T2B in one WOD. Prior to that, I had not been able to do them at all. And this morning, that came out. Big time.
I did good until getting to the T2B and after getting the dreaded “no rep” a few times, it got into my head. I felt isolated all of a sudden, behind, and slow. I felt like the little fat kid in gym class that couldn’t even do a single pull-up. Silly, I know. But those of you who have spent any part of your life overweight can relate to that feeling. It is odd when it comes out. There are still times when I feel like the old me, totally disregarding the fact that I am doing something the old me could never have done. Missing those reps made me feel like old 300lb Jason hanging on the bar, wanting so badly to move. Each missed rep was so close but not quite there. Had I been able to knock those out, my results would have looked vastly different than they did.
The great thing is that I feel that was my only weak area in the workout. Sure, I could have gotten faster at box jumps, but I was able to move through the push presses without struggling too terribly bad.
After the workout, I felt defeated. I didn’t want to hear anyone say “good job”, because I certainly did not feel like I did anything close to good. I sulked, licked my wounds, and left, with no plans at all to try this WOD again.
What I plan on taking away from this experience is this:
- I wasn’t even doing CrossFit this time last year. I did something today that I couldn’t do a year ago. Hell, months ago for that matter.
- Every now and then it is good to have your rear end handed to you by a workout. It keeps me humble. Keeps me driving forward.
- I found a weakness. But like Chris Spealler said, find your weaknesses, make friends with them, then beat them to death.
Now it’s time to keep moving on.
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- regainingmymoxy said: I like the takeaways concept. I need to apply that approach more often.
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- brooksylite said: I got no repped 8 freakin times on t2b. they suck!
- runningwithguts said: Always remember that you’re doing things you never would have believed possible a year ago. You’re doing things that people today dream about being able to do.
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- 99pounds said: You inspire me to keep going and trying harder. I hate how much I beat myself up about my weaknesses at CrossFit. I forget to extend myself grace and allow myself this time of growth. Thanks for having such a great attitude and being an example :)
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- southcarolinagirl said: Good reflections! And I’m impressed. I’ll be trying TTB in a WOD for the first time when I do this. I have gotten a few, but I have no idea how many I can do in a WOD.
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