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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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Two PR’s in One Week!!

There comes a point in CrossFit where you stop setting personal records (PRs) frequently because your fitness is at a high level. When you first begin working out, you develop strength very quickly because your body is not used to it. It can seem like every workout, in fact, is a PR.

However, this diminishes, and then PRs are few and far between.

Last Monday, I PR’ed Annie, which is double unders and sit-ups. Today, I PR’ed CrossFit Open workout 17.5, which was double unders and thrusters.

I didn’t think I would PR either one when I did them, but I did. This is because I’m stronger on thrusters than before, and I’m at a peak, as they say, right now in fitness, after having been blah for most of 2019 with injuries.

Today was a good day, indeed.

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CrossFit Competition: Sadistic Pain

As much as I complain about the pain and the bruises, secretly I love feeling this sore. I call it sadistic pain or sadistic soreness. It signifies that I’ve worked hard enough to get a response from my muscles, which doesn’t happen every day.

CrossFit Competitions are guaranteed to get you sore, due to the fact of the work performed in such a short amount of time.

While it sucks not to be able to walk very well or lift your arms very high, there’s something about the pain that is extremely satisfying…

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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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The Beauty of a CrossFit Workout

It doesn’t happen all that often but occasionally it does: the CrossFit Workout that is so perfect for you it’s not even funny. It was like CrossFit Open 20.3 with the perfect amount of reps. Today was one of those days.

First off, it had overhead squats, which I haven’t been snatching since my thumb injury so all of those felt so amazing. Then it was double unders, which I’m good at. I didn’t want to quit, that was how good it was.

I feel so amazing right now. Workout high, that’s for sure!

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CrossFit Poems: I Am Not Afraid

I’m not afraid to live

I’d rather feel than not feel at all

I am strong enough to handle

Whatever turns the wheel.

I’d rather live

Than not feel

I’d rather be hurt

Than give in and kneel.