Frequently in CrossFit I lap others when the Workout of the Day is five rounds or more. Today we did Helen which is three rounds for time of 400 m run, 21 kettlebell swings, and 12 pull ups. I PR’ed in just under 10 minutes and beat some by a full round. Usually, I do an extra round. I do this for many reasons:
1) I can’t stand to stand around. I have to be moving all the time.
2) I become bored easily. Hence, the have to be moving all the time.
3) For me, 3 rounds is not enough. I love the long workouts (why I can’t wait for Murph) A short workout makes me feel like I’m not working out. So I keep going.
Today I did an extra round of Helen. I had planned to do 5 rounds but stopped at 4 because I hate kettlebell swings and wanted to work on my butterfly pull-ups more than I wanted to do another round. I do CrossFit because I love the workouts–so much so I don’t want to stop!
Call me crazy or what have you but this translates to life. Always go the extra mile. In your job. In your relationships. In your workouts. In life. You will be rewarded. Do something special for other people. Help a co-worker. Burn a few more calories. You will feel better because of it. And that’s what life is all about…