I’m pretty hard on myself.
If I can’t do a movement, it’s frustrating.
Currently, it’s ring muscle ups. I’m practicing my butt off and still feel far away from getting them, and I’m at the point of giving up.
Then a WOD (or workout) shows up that I beat everyone in.
It was Hotshots 19, a Hero Workout similar to Murph, named after the 19 firefighters who lost their lives from the Granite Mountain Hotshots team. The workout is:
6 Rounds for Time:
30 air squats
19 power cleans (135/95)
7 strict pull ups
400 m run
My time was 30:47. And it was the best in the box of those who did it. This workout played to all of my strengths: over 30 minutes, body weight movements, a run, and light power cleans for me.
It is encouraging because often I think I’m not all that good, and there’s so much more I need to be better at. Which is true: there is a ton I need to improve on. But in 2 1/2 years of CrossFit I’ve come a long way and it’s shown in my physique and my mentality. And beating everyone goes a long way on those days you feel like giving up.
Don’t. Give. Up.
Now, if only I could get those damn ring muscle ups…