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CrossFit: I Realized Today I’m On My Own

I’ve found that when you come to rely too much on other people, things tend not to get done.

This has been the case for my ring muscle ups. I’ve been relying on my coach to get me there. Now, I realize I have to get myself there, or it will never happen.

Thus, with the new year, I’m going to put together a new plan to get me there by May 1st. I have to have a concrete goal with a concrete date, or it will never happen. We’ll see how this one goes.

However, I will conquer those rings one way or another!

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CrossFit: The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence

Someone at my CrossFit gym recently said that there’s something wonderful about doing something so awful (referring to the CrossFit WOD of 12 Days of Christmas) together.

I agree; yet, there’s something even more wonderful about doing something so awful alone.

Struggling to Make it to The Gym

Most people struggle just to make it to a group fitness class, but once they are there, they participate with the others and push due to the competitive nature of humans.

You don’t have any of that when it’s you working out by yourself, alone. It’s you against yourself, and it’s 100% mental.

Yesterday, I did the 12 Days of Christmas CrossFit workout by myself at 5 am. I didn’t really want to do it. I had myself convinced I was too sore from Orange Theory on Saturday to do it. Yet, I reluctantly dragged myself to the CrossFit gym and went.

I was all alone. I did heavier weight than prescribed for the workout. And I finished, moving through one rep at a time. I always got bogged down in the five 95 pound thrusters, but did them all.

Half-way through this horrible CrossFit workout, I was wondering why I was doing it; this phrase popped in my mind: the relentless pursuit of excellence.

There’s something in me that wants to be the best, to do my best, and to beat others — even if they aren’t there. I beat them in my mind; I do what I think I can’t do. And, therefore, I win.

This is everything in life for me. I want to be the best at work (which I produce more consistently every month than another write at my job). I want to be the best at CrossFit. I want to be a better parent, wife, and pet owner. I want to be better, period.

Relentlessly pursuing excellence will get me there. Guaranteed.

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My 2019 CrossFit Accomplishments

The end of the year affords you opportunities to take stock of what you’ve accomplished over the entire year in all aspects of your life, including in CrossFit. For me, I was injured in some way most of the year, so overall, it sucked. However, there were a few highlights.

CROSSFIT ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • PR’ed my thruster at 125 pounds (if you know me, you know thrusters are one of my favorite moves in CrossFit)
  • Can do handstand walks better
  • 95 pounds on the bar for anything overhead no longer scares me
  • Got my pistols pretty good
  • Can still beat people when I actually try
  • PR’ed DT
  • PR’ed Annie
  • Still managed to keep moving despite all of my injuries
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What CrossFit Cost Me This Year…

Every year, it has become a tradition of mine to list out how much I spent on CrossFit. This is more out of curiosity than anything else because to me health, wellness, and fitness have no price.

THE REAL COST OF CROSSFIT

  • GHD machine from Rogue Fitness: $695.00
  • CrossFit Competitions: approximately $1000 (this includes those for my daughter as well)
  • CrossFit clothes: $500 (clothes for my kids as well)
  • CrossFit Membership: $370 (for me and my daughter)
  • Orange Theory Membership: $725 (took half the year off due to injury)
  • Two 15 pound plates: $75
  • Massage: $530
  • Muscle Activation: $500 for package deal
  • Chiropractor: $200
  • Urgent Care for injuries: $200
  • Nutrition package: $450
  • Private CrossFit Lessons: $400

Sum total in 2019 is: $5645. This actually is not bad compared to last year when I outfitted almost my entire home gym. I just bought a GHD machine this year, which completes it for the most part.

CrossFit is my passion and makes me happy in this world. Truthfully, I don’t care how much it costs me. It’s totally worth every cent for what it gives me in terms of self-confidence, health, and a feeling of accomplishment in this world.

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The Key to Longevity in CrossFit

After four years of doing CrossFit, I’ve learned a lot of things, including what I can’t do and what I can do, as well as what I shouldn’t do.

The main key to longevity at CrossFit is doing what you can do, and that’s it.

This means if you are injured and one move exacerbates your injury, don’t do it! Even it it’s programmed in a CrossFit WOD or a CrossFit competition. You’re allowed to scale.

Scaling in CrossFit

Furthermore, it’s okay to do your own thing. You know what you need to work on, so just because a move is programmed doesn’t mean you have to do it. Too many of us are followers at times.

Even at a CrossFit competition.

At my last CrossFit competition, chest to bar pull ups were programmed from a dead hang. I can’t do 21 chest to bar pull ups from a dead hang, so I told the judge I was just going to do pull ups. She told me, “Well, I can’t let you move on until you do them.”

I looked at her and said, “That’s okay. I’ll move on without you then.”

And that’s what I did. And she moved on with me. What else was she going to do? Stand there by herself? I was in last place. It didn’t matter.

My point is do what you feel you can do in that moment on that day and who cares what everyone else is doing. If you push yourself to do moves you can’t do or that you are too tired to do, you will only injure yourself and thus will stall your CrossFit workouts.

And if you’re not careful, that vicious cycle can continue, leaving you frustrated and apt to quit CrossFit.

Listen to your body. It’s your workout. Your needs. And on one else’s.

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CrossFit: The Inherent Beauty of Soreness

There is a big difference between soreness and injury. Injury is when something hurts for longer than 48 hours, and it impedes movement or things you normally could do. Soreness lasts less than 48 hours and is a sign of progression — of change, if you will.

Soreness means you are changing — in a good way.

When I do things that make me sore, I relish it, really.

Don’t get me wrong, there are days when not being able to bend over very we

ll is downright annoying. There are days I wake up and wonder why I did something so stupid like 60 back squats at 75 lbs, 100 wall balls, squat cleans, and more at a CrossFit competition that made me regret it. And there are days when I wonder why I even do this when I don’t look like I want to look and when all I do is get injured.

But when I consider the alternative, I let the feeling pass. Plus, truthfully, I don’t think I could NOT workout.

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Crossfit: I Am Back…

I’ve taken an unintended break, mainly because I was so angry about my body.

Not necessarily how it looks (although I’m not happy with it).

More I’m angry at having been injured all year long. So I couldn’t stand to write about CrossFit because I was so angry.

The 2020 CrossFit Open came and went. I actually did quite well, considering I was injured. To be truthful, I hated every moment of every workout.

However, I couldn’t take it anymore, so I finally went back to my doctor, who gave me the all clear again to begin working out.

CrossFit Goals

So, I’m back.

A heavy weight has been lifted off my shoulders, and I’m ready to begin again. Next week, I’ll start a new program to reach my CrossFit goals for the year:

  1. Ring muscle up in the next six months
  2. Bar muscle ups fixed in the six months after that
  3. Get stronger in back squat
  4. Get stronger in deadlift
  5. Perfect handstand walks

These are my main CrossFit goals. I have others, but these are first. In essence, I don’t want another CrossFit Open to roll my way without having these skills in my wheelhouse.