…the barbell won.
…the barbell won.
No, not Jason Voorhees.
The CrossFit Hero workout Jason.
Named after Jason Dale Lewis, a Navy SEAL, who was killed in combat on July 6th, 2007, in Baghdad, fighting for our freedoms and those of the Iraqi people.
By round 15 of muscle ups, I could feel the bruises on my left breast. My bar muscle up form sucks. I can get up but one arm always drops and I end up banging the bar almost every time.
So I slowed WAY down and didn’t finish the muscle ups because I knew I had massive bruises.
And sure enough–I did.
Bruises to my breasts and beneath.
Plus, my arms in general are sore from doing 33 muscle ups. So are my lats.
Combine the two, and I don’t want to do anything today.
I go to a CrossFit box all day and beat myself up.
At the end of the day, I have bruises all over my body. I can’t walk. And I can’t lift my arms over my head.
This is the result of a CrossFit Competition.
It was a good Saturday, indeed.
Ode to a Bruise:
Bruise, I don’t like you.
Yet, I do.
It means I worked hard.
Maybe too hard.
Today you hit me good.
Swollen and black and blue.
Yet I PR’ed my Snatch.
What else could I do?
A bruise is a badge of honor.
I tell myself this when I accidentally bump you.
You deserve to exist.
Like I deserve to grow strong.
A bruise, a bruise, a bruise.
I love you.
Today I got a nasty bruise (also known as battle scars) in the pocket while power snatching. It hurts. But at least I know my form was good. And it was worth it: I PR’ed!
If you’re like me, you constantly have bruises from CrossFit. Some causes are known. The majority for me are unknown. On my legs. Thighs. Shins. Foot. Arms. Fingers. Collarbone. Knees.
Annoying. Yes. But it means I worked hard. And long. And progressed. Visible signs that sometimes I need when progress in areas is so small that you don’t see it.
So, yes, bruises–constant bruises–are a part of CrossFit. Almost as much as community and competition, camaraderie and strength.
So to you bruise: Go ahead! Come! I accept your challenge. Because in the end it makes me stronger.