I learned early on to dread partner workout days. Today is one of those days. There are many reasons for this.
1) I’d rather do the workout by myself. I don’t like resting as you all heard about in my last post. I don’t like standing around. I’d rather be doing the work. That’s why I’m at my box. Where there’s an option of partners or not, I always choose the not.
2) It all depends on who your partners are. Two weeks ago, my gang of gals who are about at my level didn’t show up. So I had to partner with the 2 new gals. And it was a barbell parter WOD. I’d rather have partnered with the guys cause they were so slow. I stood around a lot and brooded the whole time how this sucked. Nothing against the 2 gals (I was there once). But I’m not there any more. And it was a fun workout that turned into blah.
3) The partner WODs are hardly ever even. You end up playing to each other’s strengths so either one does more pull-ups or one does more bar work or run work, etc. Hence, you don’t get to work on what you need to work on. For instance, 2 weeks ago, I did most of the lifts. Which was fine. But then the other 2 took most of the rowing. And they were SLOW at rowing.
4) The worst reason: when partners are chosen for you! This happened to me today and I almost lost it. I like working out with my friends. It’s what makes CrossFit early in the morning fun. I don’t like working out with people I don’t know. Sure, you could say it forces me to get to know them. Fine. But I really want to talk to my friends more.
So what does this say about me? You could psychoanalysis this and say how I’m not a team player and I don’t like sharing, etc. But for someone as driven as me, who’s not lazy, and who’s always in it to win it, I have a hard time letting others do something I know I’m better at and relying on them. If we fail, I want it to be because I failed, not because someone else did. CrossFit is not a team sport. If I wanted to be on a team sport, I’d play softball or soccer or something. Instead, I like to get beat up. When I don’t get beat up, I’m not happy. Remember the problem post?
Yep, another problem I have…