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.
It’s been all I can do to keep up with my CrossFit for the last few months. Every day it seems has been a challenge just to get it done. Between being sore all the time and my run still not where it needs to be, I’ve been questioning again why.
Until yesterday when I crushed DT.
DT is a CrossFit Hero Workout I’ve done before. It’s insanely hard and is a test of strength.
CrossFit Hero WOD DT is 5 Rounds for time of:
12 Deadlifts 105 lbs
9 hang power cleans
6 push jerks
It’s always been the hang power cleans in the CrossFit Hero Workout at 105 lbs that have gotten me.
Yesterday, I did this CrossFit workout with no expectations. Then I cut 7 minutes off my previous time. It gave me hope that all this work is doing something because most of the time I feel like I’m wasting my time.
After 3 1/2 years of doing CrossFit, it’s rare when you PR it seems. But yesterday I did. And it was a PR that meant something.
As most of you know, the fitter you become, the harder it is to set personal records (PR). I haven’t had one in a while. Yesterday, at a CrossFit Masters competition in Colorado Springs, I PR’ed my thruster by 10 pounds. I was super excited! I also did really well, which I wasn’t expecting, which proves to myself I am getting stronger.
My comp on Saturday really brought me down. It’s depressing to think you’re not as good as you think you are.
I was sore all day Sunday and Monday. I had to push myself to back squat and drag myself to the box this morning.
I go through these ups and downs periodically with CrossFit. Pushing myself so hard mentally mostly that I crash. I’ve been getting up early, lifting in my garage, going to the box before class, lifting and training there, doing the program and the WOD every day since May. I’ve done 3 comps in 8 weeks. I’ve honed my diet and lost 8 pounds and am toned. I did a bar muscle up course and now a toes to bar course.
I’m reaping the results physically but mentally it’s rough. I fight the thought This is NOT worth it many times a day.
The Open is coming in 4 months, and I literally want to crush every workout so I can’t back down now. But some days I want to. And today was one of those days.
But I dragged myself. I had a good WOD workout. It wasn’t my best cause I was sore. I PR’ed my overhead squat, which didn’t make me feel any better. And I did it.
It wasn’t easy.
But nothing in life worth doing is ever easy.
And it’s those who persevere that come out on top.